(San Jose Sharks – Minnesota Wild 2-6) Mats Zuccarello played great against the San Jose Sharks and was involved in four of Minnesota’s six goals.
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In its fourth away game in seven days, Minnesota chased its third straight victory, after beating the Anaheim Ducks twice in three days.
It was admittedly the hosts who got off to the best start, and the San Jose Sharks opened in shock and went up in the lead after 45 seconds.
But a Norwegian in great shape wanted it differently. Zuccarello, who operated on his wrist after last season, has only played three games this season. This has resulted in the same number of goal points. After the game in San Jose, that number more than doubled.
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Against the Sharks, he spent eight minutes showing up.
First, Zuccarello received the puck inside the San Jose Sharks zone. The Norwegian was icy cold, holding back the shot while a Sharks defender slipped past, before he certainly put the puck in the net.
Only seconds later, the Norwegian kept up with an ingenious pass. From about the same position he was lightning fast in the pass, and put up Kirill Kaprizov on the back post, the Russian controlled the puck in the net and within 11 seconds the match was reversed.
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In the second period, Wild increased to both 3-1 and 4-1, before the hosts reduced to 2-4.
Then Zuccarello was in front again. This time in overtime play. The Norwegian took the puck into the Sharks zone, and played Swedish Jonas Brodin who increased to 5-2 for Wild.
Zuccarello also scored a goal for the last goal of the match, after playing a support pass to Ian Cole. The American played on until the Swedish Victor Rask, who easily put the puck in the open goal of the San Jose Sharks, who had taken out his goalkeeper in the hunt for a reduction.
The trio Rask, Kaprizov and Zuccarello thus stand with 14 goal points in their last two games, and the Norwegian scored four points during the same game for only the second time in his NHL career.
Night to Thursday, the Colorado Avalanche awaits in the last away game in a row of five, before they meet the Los Angeles Kings for two home games this weekend.