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Published on February 26, 2024
Kirill Kaprizov Propels Minnesota Wild to Commanding 5-2 Victory Over Seattle KrakenSource: Jenn G, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Minnesota Wild rampaged over the Seattle Kraken with an assertive 5-2 victory, led by standout performances from Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello on Saturday night. Kaprizov hammered home two goals and chalked up an assist while Zuccarello carved out a personal best with four assists, as reported by CBS News Minnesota.

The Wild, who have been on a hot streak since the All-Star break, now stand at 7-1-1, their sights locked on playoff contention. Marcus Johansson, Matt Boldy, and Dakota Mermis also slapped their names onto the scoresheet, contributing to a formidable, 5-1 lead early in the second period. Goaltender Marc-André Fleury was a wall, making 31 saves to solidify the win. "We're playing a good style of hockey and we've been committed to it for the most part," Minnesota coach John Hynes confidently stated in an interview obtained by CBS News Minnesota.

"We need every point we can get," Johansson mentioned, recognizing the fierce competition for the playoff spots, after tying the game 1-1 at 4:59 of the opening period. Kaprizov's second goal of the night, and 26th of the season, rocketed into the net during a 4-on-4 play, furthering evidence of his scoring prowess. His point streak now stretches to eight games, embellishing his resume with six goals and six assists during this fiery run, as per CBS News Minnesota.