scheduled tribe. Paul, Min. – Conor Dewar scored his first career goal and added an assist when Nico Sturm scored 22 seconds later, helping the Minnesota Wild match his franchise record for goals in an 8-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night Got it.
Jared Spurgeon, Marcus Foligno, Matt Zucarello, Matt Boldy, Jordi Benn and Kevin Fiala also scored as Minnesota dominated NHL-worst Montreal to ease Cam Talbot’s return to the net.
Zuccarello squeezed a bad-angle shot behind goalkeeper Cayden Primo with 31 seconds into the second period to seal a 5–1 lead for Wilde, who was 10–0 with a 56–25 scoring margin in his last 11 games at Axel. is ahead of -1. energy centre. His only home regulation loss since November 16 was to St. Louis at the Winter Classic at Target Field on January 1.
Mike Hoffman gave the Canadiens the lead in the game by slamming a pass to the back of Talbot’s glove, but Spurgeon scored less than two minutes later with an uncontested slap shot, the captain’s first goal since November 11. He missed a total of 15 games with two separate injuries.
Talbot made 14 saves in two periods for his first win since December 9. The All-Star has missed the last six games, including a lower body injury during the Winter Classic, and three weeks before that, Wilde also had four games postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kapo Kahkonen, who led 5–0–1 during Talbot’s absence, took over for the third period and scored a goal off former teammate Rem Pitlik.
Pitlick has two goals in six games with the Canadiens, who claimed a waiver from Wilde two weeks ago, when he was struggling to concede a bottom-six forward spot.
The fourth line Pittlick left behind made quite an impression on the game, with more evidence of the wild depths gathered under general manager Bill Guerin.
Dewar scored on a shot from the scraper slot to the crossbar. He then used his stick to drive Spurgeon’s pass to Sturm for the tap-in and took a 4-1 lead at 4:23 of the second period.
The Wild had a 21-8 shot advantage over the Canadiens in the first period, having lost center Christian Dvorak to an unspecified injury in his first innings after a hit by Spurgeon.
The Canadiens fell 8-26-7. They are 1-5-4 in their last 10 matches. Primo, who started his 12th career, was pulled after two stints for Michael McNiven.
With goalkeeper Carey Price in substance abuse treatment and Jake Allen sidelined by a long-term injury, the Canadiens turned to Sam Montembolt, who missed his second straight game with an injury.
Jonathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher, Matthew Perrault and Shea Webber are among notable names on the injury list for the Canadiens, who made their first trip to Minnesota in more than 27 months. The Wilds have won eight consecutive home games against Montreal.
Alex Goligoski, Jordan Greenaway, Kirill Kaprizov and Sturm each had two assists. Kaprizov’s assistants gave him 100 career points and he received heartfelt praise from the crowd when he was caught on a video board during a pause in the game. … Fiala and Zuccarello each have at least one point in nine straight games. … Hoffman scored 10 goals and eight assists in 20 career games against Wilde.
The Canadiens host Anaheim on Thursday night, the first of eight consecutive home games.
The Wilds played their first straight road game on Friday night against the New York Rangers.