Russian rookie Kaprizov has hat trick, Wild beat Coyotes 4-0

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Russian rookie Kirill Kaprizov had his first NHL hat trick and Cam Talbot made 25 saves for his first shutout of the season in the Minnesota Wild’s 4-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night.

Kaprizov opened the scoring 5:47 into the third period and added his second just over two minutes later for his first multi-goal game. He scored his third in the final seconds after Jonas Brodin added an empty-netter.

Kaprizov has four goals in the last two games and 10 overall. The 23-year-old leads NHL rookies in scoring.

Minnesota is 10-2-1 since Feb. 18, leading the NHL in wins, points and goals in that span.

Adin Hill made 28 saves in his second start of the season for Arizona.

The teams will meet again in St. Paul on Sunday and Tuesday night.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5, BLUES 4, OT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Reilly Smith scored on a power play at 2:38 of overtime to lift Vegas past St. Louis.

Smith connected on a off-timer off Jonathan Marchessault’s pass.

Mark Stone, Tomas Nosek, Alec Martinez and Marchessault also scored for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury, playing after being removed from COVID-19 protocol due to a false positive, made 19 saves.

Vladimir Tarasenko, Zach Sanford and Ryan O’Reilly scored for the Blues, and Jordan Binnington made 35 saves. The Blues have played four straight overtime games, losing the last three.

The teams complete a two-game set Saturday.

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