Wild ride big second period to 5-3 win over Islanders
NEW YORK — Jason Zucker scored twice as the Minnesota Wild tallied three times in the second period and beat the New York Islanders 5-3 Monday, Feb. 19, at Barclays Center in New York.
Zucker netted the middle tally in the second period and Minnesota's final goal. It was his 10th career game with at least two goals and third this season.
Tyler Ennis capped the three-goal second period after being scratched on Saturday.
Matt Cullen also scored in the second. Cullen, Ennis, defensemen Ryan Suter and Matt Dumba also recorded multi-point games for Minnesota.
Joel Eriksson Ek scored the other goal while Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves as Minnesota avoided its second three-game losing streak of the season.
Ross Johnston, Anders Lee and Tanner Fritz scored for the Islanders, who were coming off consecutive shutouts of the New York Rangers and Carolina Panthers.
Jaroslav Halak, who stopped a career-high 50 shots Thursday, made 27 saves.
Minnesota struck first 7:02 into the game and ended New York's shutout streak at 140:18 when Eriksson Ek snapped a 50-game drought by redirecting Charlie Coyle's centering pass from the right corner over Halak moments after a turnover by Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey.
The Islanders tied the game with 1:45 left when Johnston deflected a left point shot by Johnny Boychuk off Dubnyk's right arm. Boychuk's shot occurred after Casey Cizikas forced a turnover by Eric Staal behind the net.
New York took a 2-1 lead 1:57 into the second when Lee tipped in Hickey's point shot under Dubnyk's legs but the Wild scored three times in a span of 4:12 to get a 4-2 lead.
Cullen tied the game at 9:54 by finishing off a breakaway, Zucker put a wrist shot from outside the left circle over Halak's glove at 12:17 and Ennis put a backhander from near the crease past Halak at 14:06.
The Islanders made it a one-goal game late in the second when Fritz put a wrister by Dubnyk for his first career goal but Zucker finished it off for Minnesota with 3:22 remaining.