The Minnesota Wild defeated the Las Vegas Golden Knights 5-3, securing six wins in their last eight games and closing within five points of the second wild-card spot in the West. Matt Boldy and Kirill Kaprizov showcased a strong offensive partnership, combining for 27 shots and displaying a notably engaged performance. Boldy's standout game included a goal, two assists, and 16 shot attempts, while Brock Faber tied for the most points as a rookie this season. The Wild's special teams excelled, with the power play capitalizing on three successive penalties to secure a 5-on-3 advantage, and the penalty kill holding strong against the Golden Knights. Despite a shaky start, goaltender Filip Gustavsson's resilience and crucial saves contributed to the Wild's victory.

By the Numbers
  • Matt Boldy: 1 goal, 2 assists, 16 shot attempts, 7 on goal
  • Brock Faber: 2 assists, tied for most points as a rookie (31)
  • Kirill Kaprizov: 2 assists, 6 shots on goal
State of Play
  • Wild have won 6 of their last 8 games
  • Within 5 points of the second wild-card spot in the West
  • Marcus Foligno on injured reserve, eligible to return Saturday
  • The Golden Knights honored Alex Pietrangelo for playing in his 1,000th career NHL game
Bottom Line

The Minnesota Wild's strong performance, fueled by Boldy and Kaprizov's offensive prowess and resilient special teams, has propelled them closer to securing a coveted playoff position in the West.