Rangers score five third period goals to top Wild

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Derick Brassard, Anthony Duclair and Mats Zuccarello had third period markers as part of a five-goal outburst from the Rangers to edge the Minnesota Wild 5-4 Monday night.

New York’s comeback was a historical one:

Duclair’s goal was his first in the NHL.

Kevin Klein and Rick Nash added the other Rangers goals. Nash’s team-leading ninth goal gives him points in seven of nine games.

Nate Prosser, Matt Cooke and Jason Pominville scored second period goals to give the Wild a 3-0 lead after two periods. Jason Zucker added his team-leading fifth of the season to give the Wild a 4-2 lead in the third, but Minnesota was unable to fend off New York. 

After registering just eight shots combined through the first two periods, the Rangers had 12 in the third period.

Darcy Kuemper made 15 saves in the loss while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 saves for the win.

Wild forward Eric Haula was the recipient of an elbow to the head from John Moore during the second period. He left the game and did not return. Wild coach Mike Yeo did not have an update on Haula.

Moore was assessed a match penalty and ejected from the game.

In the first period, Chris Kreider was tossed for his hit from behind on Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin. Brodin left the game briefly, but did return. Kreider was assessed a major for boarding and a game misconduct.

Senior Vice President of Player Safety, Stephane Quintal, who on Monday handed out his first suspension since taking the job, was in attendance at Madison Square Garden.

Wild forward Zach Parise had some work done to his face after taking an inadvertent high stick from Rangers’ defenseman Marc Staal early in the second period.

With Haula’s status in doubt, beat report  Michael Russo expects Kyle Brodziak to be in the lineup when Minnesota visits Boston on Tuesday.

The loss halts the Wild’s win streak at two games while the win was New York’s fourth in five games.