Minnesota Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov emerged as the hero, scoring twice, including the game-winning goal at 2:54 of overtime, as his team clinched a hard-fought 4-3 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday.
Kirill Kaprizov’s decisive moment materialized during a 3-on-1 rush, delivering a precise one-timer from just inside the right face-off circle, sealing the win for the Wild in a thrilling fashion.
The game witnessed a roller-coaster of momentum swings. The Wild rallied in the third period, scoring twice in less than two minutes, claiming a 3-2 lead. However, Bruins’ captain Brad Marchand ensured overtime, knotting the score 3-3 with a power-play goal just 1:06 before regulation time expired.
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Following the thrilling victory, Kirill Kaprizov gave his thoughts: “I think we played well, but it’s fantastic to earn the win, of course. We’re going to keep up the momentum because I believe Boston may be in first place and we won’t let up.”
Ryan Hartman and Marcus Johansson found the net, contributing to Minnesota’s triumph, while goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury showcased a stellar performance with 40 saves. The victory marked the Wild’s fourth win in five games, displaying their resilience and determination (4-1-0).
“It was a little bit of a heavyweight fight,” Wild coach John Hynes said, summarizing the tough contest. Both sides seemed physically strong to me. The game was challenging. Both goalies did really well, in my opinion. Both of us made some tremendous pushes, and we’re happy that we managed to prevail.”
David Pastrnak was a standout performer for the Bruins, scoring twice, while Linus Ullmark made 26 saves. Despite Pastrnak’s exceptional efforts, Boston endured consecutive losses in overtime contests. Pavel Zacha returned after a three-game absence due to an upper-body injury, contributing two assists in the match.
Pastrnak, reflecting on the game and his performance, expressed optimism despite the result, stating, “I’m not frustrated; I had plenty of looks. It’s a positive for me. If I get the looks, I’m doing something right.”
The game’s narrative unfolded with Johansson initiating the scoring for the Wild on the power play at 7:44 in the first period. Pastrnak swiftly responded, equalizing for the Bruins at 11:29, showcasing his skills by beating Fleury five-hole off a cross-ice pass from John Beecher.
With one second remaining in the opening period, Pastrnak struck again, securing a 2-1 lead for the Bruins by executing a skillful move around the net, capitalizing on Zacha’s feed.
However, Kirill Kaprizov rose to the occasion in the third period, breaking a six-game goal drought by leveling the score 2-2 at 13:12. Moments later, Hartman’s goal at 15:10 granted the Wild a 3-2 lead, as he capitalized on a loose puck in front of the net.
Despite the Bruins’ commendable efforts, their coach, Jim Montgomery, acknowledged areas that require improvement, particularly in defending against slot plays and minimizing rebound opportunities. Montgomery noted, “There are areas we got to clean up, but I like how we responded. I liked our competitive level.”
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During the overtime period, they witnessed thrilling exchanges, with Ullmark denying Matt Boldy’s breakaway attempt before the game’s final rush ensued. Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBrusk made attempts for the Bruins, but Kirill Kaprizov’s game-ending heroics secured the Wild’s victory.
Ryan Hartman commended the team’s collective effort and faith in each other, emphasizing, “We trust in every single guy on our bench, especially our top guys.”
The game concluded with an outstanding display of resilience from both sides, culminating in an unforgettable victory for the Minnesota Wild.