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NHL roundup: Kirill Kaprizov’s hat trick lifts Wild to win

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Kirill Kaprizov recorded his first NHL hat trick and Cam Talbot made 25 saves as the Minnesota Wild shut out the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Friday in Saint Paul, Minn.

The Wild won their third consecutive game and are a perfect 6-0-0 in their past six home games. Jonas Brodin also scored, and Mats Zuccarello logged three assists.

Talbot recorded his first shutout since signing with Minnesota as a free agent in October. The veteran goalie was 0-2-1 with a .865 save percentage in his previous three outings, and he had been losing playing time to Kaapo Kahkonen.

Arizona goalie Adin Hill stopped 28 of 31 shots, battling Talbot in what was a goaltending duel until Kaprizov took control in the third period.

Golden Knights 5, Blues 4 (OT)

Reilly Smith scored an overtime power-play goal to lift Vegas past host St. Louis.

Alec Martinez, Mark Stone, Jonathan Marchessault and Tomas Nosek also scored for the Golden Knights, who won for the seventh time in their past nine games. Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves to earn the victory after being reinstated from his brief stay in COVID-19 protocol after a false positive test.

David Perron, Zach Sanford, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly scored for the Blues, who extended their point streak to seven games (4-0-3). Jordan Binnington made 35 saves in his first start since signing a six-year, $36 million contract extension.

Oilers 6, Senators 2

Connor McDavid collected one goal and two assists to lead host Edmonton over Ottawa for the seventh time in seven games this season.

Leon Draisaitl, Tyson Barrie and Tyler Ennis all collected a goal and an assist, while goalie Mike Smith made 23 saves to backstop the Oilers to a fourth consecutive victory overall. Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk scored for Ottawa, and Joey Daccord finished with 31 stops.

McDavid’s three-point game gave him 51 points on the season in his 29th game. In the past 25 years, the only players to get to 50 points quicker were Mario Lemieux (twice), Jaromir Jagr (twice), Sidney Crosby, Peter Forsberg and Ron Francis.

Avalanche 2, Kings 0

Philipp Grubauer had 18 saves, Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist, and host Colorado beat Los Angeles for its second straight win.

It was Grubauer’s fourth shutout of the season and 15th of his career. Nathan MacKinnon also had a goal for the Avalanche.

The Kings’ Calvin Petersen made a career-high 44 saves in his return to the lineup. Los Angeles defenseman Olli Maata was placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list on Friday while Petersen was activated off of the list.

Sharks 6, Ducks 0

Tomas Hertl scored early in his return from a six-game absence and San Jose ran away to a win over host Anaheim.

Evander Kane scored in the second period and Erik Karlsson, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Fredrik Handemark added goals in the third as San Jose won its second consecutive game after dropping five of six (1-4-1).

Ducks goaltender John Gibson made 19 saves on 24 shots before he was pulled with 10:44 remaining after San Jose scored three times in a 3:18 stretch.

–Field Level Media

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