Hockey is a team sport, but sometimes, the results are purely because of one person. On Sunday, as the Minnesota Wild visited the Carolina Hurricanes, it was Kirill Kaprizov that simply put his team on his back and let them ride until they got the two points.
Kaprizov scored his third career hat trick and truly put the nail in the coffin for what was a very weird game at PNC Arena. The Wild simply got outplayed in almost every category, but thanks to Filip Gustavsson appearing like prime Henrik Lundqvist for an evening, that didn't matter. It wasn't an overall good game by Minnesota -- it never really is when they get outshot 42-19 -- but the luck was just going their way.
The final two goals in the 5-2 score were empty-netters, so really, the score appeared to be one of those games where the outplayed opponent just sneaks on by because of the Hurricanes' inability to finish goals. The process was not there for the Wild, but the result went in their favor.
- Now, what if the Wild's roster went on a trip to Disney World? What would happen and where would people go? [Hockey Wilderness]
- Is Gustav Nyquist the one that got away? The Wild acquired the winger at last year's trade deadline and he appeared to be playing fairly well, but they decided to keep Marcus Johansson instead. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Mason Shaw made his triumphant return to action for Iowa over the weekend. [The Hockey News]
- Will Lockwood has been suspended for three games after bowling over Marc-Andre Fleury. [SI]
Off the trail...
- Corey Perry is reportedly returning to the NHL after having his contract terminated mid-season by the Chicago Blackhawks. All signs point to him signing with the Edmonton Oilers. [CBC Sports]
- Justin Bieber, Tate McRae, Michael Buble, and Will Arnett are going to be the celebrity captains for the four All-Star teams. [Sportsnet]
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