National Hockey League
Minnesota 3, Tampa Bay 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 16, 2020
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Frederic L'Ecuyer, Dean Morton
Linesmen: Mark Shewchyk, Julien Fournier
Attendance: 17305

Zach Parise scored his team-leading 17th goal and backup Alex Stalock was solid in net as the Minnesota Wild snapped a four-game losing streak with their 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night in Saint Paul, Minn.

Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Suter each scored second-period goals for the Wild, who showed plenty of fight and spirit to win for just the second time in eight games.

Stalock, meanwhile, stopped 18 of the 20 shots he faced and made some key saves in ending his own 0-3-1 starting slide.

Nikita Kucherov's second goal of the night and 20th of the season off the power play with 10:28 left in regulation got Tampa Bay within 3-2. Minnesota, though, hung tough and held off the Lightning, who have dropped two of three following their season-high 10-game winning streak.

Minnesota opened the scoring with 5:43 left in the first period by converting the second of its two power-play opportunities in the opening 20 minutes. Parise drove home a back-handed cross-slot pass from Eric Staal for his third goal in two games.

Kucherov, though, would convert from the right circle off some tic-tac-toe passing with Ondrej Palat and Mikhail Sergachev at 7:42 into the second to make it 1-1. However, Eriksson Ek gave Minnesota the lead back with 7:28 left in the second on a perfect feed from Luke Kunin.

The Wild extended their advantage to 3-1 when Suter's blast deflected in off Tampa Bay's Ryan McDonagh and past goaltender Curtis McElhinney (20 saves) with 5:17 to go in the second.

Minnesota thought it went up 4-1 a little more than a minute later when rookie defenseman Carson Soucy scored, but a video challenge by the Lightning waived it off as the play was offside.

Minnesota, a winner for just the second time in six home contests, has won eight in a row over Tampa Bay at Saint Paul.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Tampa Bay   Minnesota
Nikita Kucherov 2 Points Joel Eriksson Ek 1
Nikita Kucherov 2 Goals Joel Eriksson Ek 1
Anthony Cirelli 1 Assists Marcus Foligno 1
Nikita Kucherov 1 Power Play Goals Zach Parise 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Curtis McElhinney .870 Save Percentage Alex Stalock .900
Curtis McElhinney 20 Saves Alex Stalock 18
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 20 2 1-2 3-4 8 35
Minnesota 23 3 1-4 1-2 4 20
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Wild have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .481 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Lightning have a W/L % of .536 after a win and .684 after a loss.