Wild Beat Islanders this Afternoon in Brooklyn
The Minnesota Wild (32-20-7) beat the New York Islanders (29-26-5) 5-3 this afternoon at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The game was tied 1-1 after the first, and the Wild expanded that to a 4-3 lead after two. The lone goal of the third went to Minnesota, giving them the 5-3 win. Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 of 35 Islander shots, with New York out-shooting Minnesota 35-32.
Scoring for the Minnesota Wild today came from Matt Cullen (6), Tyler Ennis (8), Joel Eriksson Ek (2), and a pair from Jason Zucker (24 & 25).
The win gives some breathing room to the Wild who hold the last Western Conference Wild card spot with a three point lead over Calgary -- but also brings them to within just one point of both St. Louis and Dallas.
Western Conference Wild Card Standings
The Wild are now off until Thursday when they face the Devils in New Jersey. The puck drops Thursday night at 6 PM CT (TV: Fox Sports North Plus, Radio: 1240 WJON).