Brian Hall, Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Newcomer Matt Baldy has made his first hat-trick of his career and added a goal assist to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Monday night.
Kirill Kaprizov had two goals, also scored by Joel Erickson Eck and Ryan Hartmann, and Mats Zukarella added three assists for Minnesota, which resulted in a deficit of two goals at the beginning of the first period. Since January 6, the “Wild” have a score of 11-1-1 and at home won six in a row.
Kaapa Kakonen made 29 saves for Minnesota.
Dylan Larkin opened the scoring for Detroit with his 25th of the season, and Gustav Lindstrom scored his first goal of his career to give the Red Wings an initial advantage. Rookie Lucas Raymond and Sam Gagner also scored a goal for Detroit, which closed within the goal with a score of 1:46.
Alex Nedelkovich stopped 18 shots on goal for the Red Wings, who won three of four.
Detroit quickly attacked, and Larkin scored 1:27 in the game. It was his 11th first goal of the season to lead the NHL, and he scored five goals and seven assists in a six-game series.
Lindstrom scored for the first time in 69 career games, throwing the puck off the blue line past closed Kahonen and making it 2-0 four minutes later. The Red Wings scored two of the first three shots.
Then Baldy, picking the first round of the 2019 draft, took control.
He scored twice in the interval of 2:05 and equalized in the middle of the first. For his first goal, he turned away from the defender in the middle of the ice and punched Nedelkovich. His second goal was a break from the middle in power games.
Bold completed the hat-trick at the end of the second, another goal in the power play. It was the 33rd hat-trick in the team’s history, the third this season and the fourth rookie.
The 6-foot-2 forward has seven goals and six assists in his first 13 games. He made his debut last season after playing at Boston College and participating in the World Junior Championships, scoring seven points in seven games to lead the U.S. to the gold medal.
Caprice, the headliner of the Minnesota rookies last season, brought Wilde ahead early second with a one-time pass from Tsukarel.
In the last 15 games Caprice has 21 goals and 11 goals and 12 assists. Tsukarella, his teammate, has six goals and 18 assists over the same period.
Before the game, both teams received bad news about injuries.
Wild defender Matt Dam was scratched due to a lower body injury, and the team recalled Dakota Mermis from the American Hockey League.
Detroit C Vladislav Namesnikov survived with an undetected injury.
Red Wings: Meeting with the Rangers in New York on Thursday.
Wild: Play Winnipeg on Wednesday.