LAS VEGAS (AP) The thought of playing an NHL game in his hometown never entered Jason Zucker’s mind when the Minnesota Wild made him their second-round pick in the 2010 draft.Leading up to Friday night it was all he could think about Robin Lehner Jersey Womens
, and he made the most of it.Zucker, the only NHL player raised in Nevada, scored a goal and assisted on another in leading the Wild to a 4-2 victory over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.”It wasn’t even a dream, so I can’t even say it was a dream come true. I just never thought it was going to happen,” said Zucker, who was born in Southern California but moved to Las Vegas as an infant. ”It’s really cool to do it, and to have my family and friends here, my wife and kids, it doesn’t get any better than that.”The Wild, who had lost two in a row and four of seven, completed a 3-0 season sweep of the Pacific Division leaders in front of 18,295 fans.Charlie Coyle, Matt Dumba and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild, and Alex Stalock stopped 26 shots.”You could tell in the morning skate we were ready,” Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. ”It goes to show when they put their mind to it, they can play. This was something against a really good hockey team, a really fast team.”Erik Haula and Ryan Carpenter scored for the Golden Knights, who dropped to 24-9-2 at home and have lost four straight in T Mobile Arena.Marc-Andre Fleury http://www.officialdevils.com/authentic-adidas-cory-schneider-jersey
, who fell to 2-8-0 in 10 starts against the Wild, made 26 saves. It was the first time Fleury lost back-to-back games in regulation this season.”We’ve had such success all year long. I don’t think we’ve had too many rough patches, especially at home,” Fleury said. ”It’s frustrating. We know we can be better. I know I can be better.”The Wild showed no signs of struggle without defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who leads the team in blocked shots (127) but partially tore his right hamstring against Colorado on Tuesday and is expected to miss at least four weeks. Minnesota, which had 18 blocked shots, ranks 28th with its penalty kill on the road but stopped Vegas on all three power plays.In his homecoming, Zucker gave the Wild a 1-0 lead midway through the first period with his 29th goal of the season.Coyle extended his point streak to five games when he backhanded a loose puck over Fleury’s stick midway through the second. Coyle has three goals and three assists in his last five games.Moments later, Zucker fed Dumba, who lifted the puck over a sprawled-out Fleury to extend Minnesota’s lead to 3-0 with 13:24 left in the period. Eric Staal, who ranks fifth in the league with 37 goals and leads all NHL players with four versus Vegas, now has six points against the Golden Knights after assisting on Dumba’s goal.With Jonas Brodin’s assist on Coyle’s goal and Dumba’s 11th goal of the season, Minnesota defensemen have totaled a franchise-record 173 points (36 goals, 137 assists) in 71 games this season. The Wild rank second behind Nashville for most points by blue-liners this season.Haula and Carpenter scored late in the third to make it a one-goal game, but Parise’s empty-netter sealed the win for the Wild.Minnesota is third in the Central Division behind Nashville and Winnipeg. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights are eight points ahead of second-place San Jose in the Pacific Division.”I don’t care who we’re playing, it’s time to get back to winning,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ”We’ve had a great home record all year long. We’ve got to make sure we’re the hardest-working team on Sunday and find a way to win.”NOTES: Vegas goalie Malcolm Subban Jesper Bratt Jersey Kids
, who is 11-3-1 with a 2.59 goals-against average, was activated from injured reserve and could see his first action since Feb. 2 on Sunday vs. Calgary. … Dumba and Vegas’ Pierre-Edouard Bellemare both played in their 299th career game. … Gallant remains three wins shy of 200 career victories. … Fleury still needs one win to move into a tie for 12th on the career list for goaltenders at 401.UP NEXTWild: Visit the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.Golden Knights: Host the Calgary Flames on Sunday.— CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames stuck to an unconventional winning formula on Saturday night.Sean Monahan, Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund scored in the third period, and the Flames again rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.Monahan finished with two goals and Matthew Tkachuk also scored as Calgary got its fifth win this season when trailing after two periods.“Obviously it’s not ideal to be down in games like we have been,” said Flames centre Sean Monahan, who had two goals to extend his point streak to six games (4 goals, 6 assists). “But we had a lot of good looks and if you play the same way we’re playing, you’re going to get rewarded and that’s what happened tonight.”Anaheim (two) is the only other NHL team with more than one win when behind after 40 minutes.David Rittich had 12 saves to help the Flames win their fourth straight.Jonathan Toews got his 300th career goal, and Jan Rutta and Brandon Saad also scored for the Blackhawks, who went 0-3-0 on a three-game trip to Western Canada. Corey Crawford stopped 36 shots, including 18 of the 20 he faced in the third period.“They just put so much pressure,” Crawford said. “They kept coming. A lot of speed. They were making plays. They had a lot of confidence there in the third.”With Calgary trailing 3-1, Tkachuk started the comeback with 1:34 left in the second.“We had been the better team so far in the game, we had chances and chances, and we knew we were going to get one,” Tkachuk said.After pressing all period, Monahan finally tied it with 6:01 left in the third Leo Komarov Jersey Womens
, when he neatly converted a cross-ice pass off the rush from Johnny Gaudreau. Monahan extended his point streak to six games (four goals, six assists).Frolik put Calgary ahead for good with 4:55 left as his centering pass from below the goal line deflected off a player and got past Crawford. It was the seventh goal for Frolik, who scored only 10 times last year.“He passed it out front and I put my stick out and one of our guys put out his stick and I didn’t see where it went after that,” Crawford said.Backlund capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 59 seconds left.Calgary’s top unit of Monahan, Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm were the best line all night.“They were real good,” Flames coach Bill Peters saod. “Johnny had the pucks lots, (Lindholm) had unbelievable looks, (Monahan) ended up with a pair, and at the end of the day, they were playing against real good players.”The Flames outshot Chicago 41-15, including 20-4 in the third period.“You can’t give up that many chances in the third and expect to come out with a win,” Saad said. “Yeah, they got a lucky bounce on that fourth goal there, but they created their own luck. They were working hard. They had the puck possession. We fell into a shell.”Calgary opened the scoring 4:46 in when a quick passing sequence was finished off by Monahan in the slot on the power play.Chicago tied it with 6:03 remaining in the period after Travis Hamonic’s holding penalty put the Blackhawks on a two-man power play fpr 1:10 and they took advantage on Toews’ eighth goal.The Blackhawks took their first lead with 27 seconds left in the first as Rutta faked a slap shot to elude the sliding Garnet Hathaway, then put a wrist shot through a crowd and past Rittich high on his blocker side.Saad split the Flames’ defense while being harassed from behind by Mark Giordano and sent a shot that squeaked through Rittich’s pads to make it 3-1 with 6:19 left in the second.Calgary took over after that.NOTES: The Flames got an early five-minute man advantage when Duncan Keith was given a boarding major and game misconduct just over two minutes in, when his hit from behind on Dillon Dube sent the rookie head first into the boards. Dube left the ice on his own, but very slowly. He did not return. … Chicago lost in regulation for the first time in its last 10 trips to Calgary (5-1-4).UP NEXTBlackhawks: Host Carolina on Thursday night.Flames: At Anaheim on Wednesday night to open a three-game California trip.