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Wild wipe incredible Trevor Zegras goal off board in 4-1 win over Ducks

Kirill Kaprizov led the way with a pair of goals as the Wild snapped a goal drought of 159 minutes, 45 seconds.

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Minnesota left wing Kirill Kaprizov shoots the puck Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, California. Kaprizov had two goals in the 4-1 win.
Kiyoshi Mio / USA Today Sports

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Call it The Michigan. Call it the lacrosse goal. Call it whatever you want.

Honestly, go ahead and call it the Trevor Zegras at this point. The precocious center doesn’t turn 22 years old until March and is pretty much the only player in the NHL who has made the iconic move a consistent part of his game. He did it again on Wednesday night at Honda Center.

With the Minnesota Wild and the Anaheim Ducks knotted at 0-0, the human highlight reel that is Zegras ignited the home crowd with some stick-wielding wizardry behind the net. He scooped the puck off the ice, carried it on the blade of his stick for a couple of seconds, then calmly deposited it into the back of the net.

The only issue? Long before Zegras scored in incredible fashion, Dmitry Kulikov preceded the puck into the offensive zone. In response, Wild coach Dean Evason used his coach’s challenge, the officials ruled the play offside, and the latest Trevor Zegras masterpiece got wiped off the board.

That gave the Wild some margin for error, and eventually the offense woke up in a 4-1 win over the Ducks. Kirill Kaprizov led the way with a pair of goals, Matt Dumba netted his first goal of the season, and Joseph Cramarossa even got in on the scoring action.

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Meanwhile, Filip Gustavsson was stellar between the pipes, making 31 saves to record the win.

After the incredible goal from Zegras got overturned, the Ducks still managed to take the lead when winger Pavol Regenda scored the first goal of his NHL career to make it 1-0.

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That lead didn’t last long as Kaprizov helped the Wild tie the game at 1-1 a few minutes later. That snapped a goal drought of 159 minutes, 45 seconds for the Wild.

The floodgates opened in the final frame starting with Dumba putting the Wild in front 2-1. He hammered a loose puck into the back of the net and let out a massive roar in celebration.

Not long after that, Kaprizov netted a beautiful goal, playing catch with Mats Zuccarello behind the net, then casually tucking a puck past the goal line to stretch the lead to 3-1. As the game wound to a close, Cramarossa finalized the score at 4-1, proving how good of a night it was for the Wild.

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