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NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Parise and his newest
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teammate got the Minnesota Wild a much-needed win.Parise had a goal and an assist Viktor Arvidsson Jersey , and the Wild ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.Ryan Donato, who was acquired in a trade with Boston on Wednesday, had two assists in his Wild debut.“I thought Ryan looked really good tonight,” Parise said. “He looked really comfortable with the puck. Made some great plays.”Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon also scored and Jordan Greenway added an empty-netter. Eric Staal had two assists and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the Wild, who earned their first victory since Feb. 9 at New Jersey.Despite their recent struggles, the Wild are still in the race for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.“The (standings) points were more important for our team,” Donato said. “Big W. Hopefully we can build off this.”Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves.With Minnesota leading 2-1, Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei was tripped and Parise took the loose puck and beat Lundqvist for his team-leading 24th goal of the season at 11:03 of the third.“From the replay, it looked he might have tripped me,” Skjei said. “It’s a fast game, you’re not going to get all the calls you want Robin Lehner Jersey Womens , and obviously it was a huge turning point in the game. It’s a quick game, some calls are missed sometimes.”The Rangers then had a four-minute power play to try and get back in it but were unable to take advantage.“We haven’t been to close out games when we’ve had the lead lately,” Parise said. “To be able to get the lead and kill of a four-minute penalty, it was a good job by us.”New York had other good chances to tie it earlier in the period, but Mika Zibanejad hit the post and Ryan Strome missed an open net on a rebound a few minutes later.The Wild retook a 2-1 lead in the second period. Greg Pateryn wristed a shot toward the net, and Granlund, while falling to the ice, sent the rebound past Lundqvist at 8:41 for his 15th of the season.“That the kind of play that Granny’s (Granlund) been known to score at,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “Hopefully if he can continue to do that then we’re going to score goals. When he’s playing like that, then you find you’re going to score.”Down 1-0 after the first period, the Rangers tied it early in the second on the power play.Buchnevich took a pass from Tony DeAngelo at the right faceoff circle and ripped a shot that sneaked past Dubnyk for his 12th of the season at 5:06.The Wild opened the scoring with a power-play goal.Donato made a nice cross-ice pass to Spurgeon, who quickly sent a pass to Staal. Staal was stopped on a sprawling save by Lundqvist http://www.officialdevils.com/authentic-adidas-cory-schneider-jersey , but Spurgeon tapped in the rebound for his 12th goal at 15:04 of the opening period. Donato earned an assist on that goal and on Greenway’s score.Spurgeon’s goal ended the Wild’s goal drought at more than 171 minutes. They were coming off consecutive shutouts and hadn’t scored since the second period of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils on Feb. 15.The Wild nearly made it 2-0 less than a minute later, but the goal was waived off after a review because Joel Eriksson Ek was offside on the play.NOTES: Granlund has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 12 games. … The Wild recalled forward J.T. Brown from Iowa (AHL). … Rangers D Adam McQuaid left the game in the first period for precautionary reasons and did not return. … Buchnevich has a point in four of his past five games, and he has five points (three goals, two assists) in that span. … DeAngelo extended his points streak to five games (six assists). His five-game assist streak and five-game point streak are both career highs. … Forward Lias Andersson, the Rangers’ first-round pick in 2017, was recalled from Hartford (AHL).UP NEXT:Wild: Face the Red Wings in Detroit on Friday night.Rangers: Host the Devils in a matinee on Saturday. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jordan Martinook doesn’t think it’s his job to score goals for the Carolina Hurricanes.“I’m just a guy that goes and works hard and if they come, they come,” Martinook said.The goals came in bunches for Martinook on Friday night as the Hurricanes’ third-line winger recorded his first hat trick in a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers.It was Carolina’s third straight win.Martinook, a fifth-year forward, scored in the first period and added two goals in the third Jesper Bratt Jersey Kids , while Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves for the Hurricanes.Troy Brouwer scored Florida’s only goal at 14:04 of the third period, spoiling McElhinney’s shutout bid.Martinook’s linemates, Lucas Wallmark (three assists) and Andrei Svechnikov (two assists), were also productive for the Hurricanes, who closed out a six-game homestand with a 4-1-1 record.“That’s just what we do: We go out work hard and forecheck,” Martinook said. “The last five, six games, you could see us coming and it’s nice to finally get rewarded and get some pucks in the back of the net.”Martinook, traded from Arizona to Carolina in the offseason, had six goals in 81 games with the Coyotes last season. He has seven goals through 22 games this season.The Hurricanes had hoped to get leadership and some grit from Martinook. They didn’t quite know they were going to get this much from McElhinney when they picked up on waivers from Toronto two days before the season started.McElhinney, signed after top goalie Scott Darling got hurt in the preseason, now has more wins (six) than the two goalies (Darling and Petr Mrazek) technically ahead of him on the depth chart.McElhinney is making the most of this opportunity Leo Komarov Jersey Womens , his seventh team in 11 NHL seasons. He also picked up wins over New Jersey and Toronto this week.“It’s all about building something here right now” McElhinney said. “We’ve got a little bit of steam going.”McElhinney was especially good in the second period when he killed off Florida’s only power-play opportunity in the game. He made a sterling glove save on Nick Bjugstad at 12:09.Carolina finish with four power-play chances, compared to only one for the Panthers, but Florida coach Bob Boughner wasn’t necessarily worried about the discrepancy.“I don’t think we lost because of the refereeing tonight,” Boughner said. “We couldn’t find a way to score when we needed a goal. I give McElhinney some credit. He played well.”The Panthers needed two goalies to get through Friday’s game. Roberto Luongo got hurt on Martinook’s first goal, which came at 19:22 in the first.Luongo stopped a shot from Martinook and the rebound went to Wallmark in front of the net. Luongo saved the first attempt from Wallmark, but Martinook skated in and scored on the rebound.Luongo immediately fell to the ice and grabbed his right knee. He was replaced by James Reimer and didn’t return. Reimer finished with 26 saves for the Panthers, who lost for the fourth time in five games.Neither team scored in the second period. McElhinney got some help in the second when Denis Malgin’s shot pinged off the crossbar at 7:30.Martinook made it 2-0 at 7:31 in the third period off of an assist from Wallmark. Sixty-one seconds later, Teuvo Teravainen put the game away with his fifth goal of the season.NOTES: The Panthers closed out a six-game road trip with a 2-4 record. . Rookie winger Andrei Svechnikov had two assists for the Hurricanes. Center Sebastian Aho registered his team-best 18th assist. He leads the team with 25 points.UP NEXTPanthers: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.Hurricanes: At the New York Islanders on Saturday.
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