Kevin Fiala (24) had the most prolific game of his career on the night of Wednesday to Thursday when five games were on the NHL schedule.
At the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, where Minnesota devoured Colorado (8-3), the St. Welsh winger was credited with three goals and an assist on the occasion of his 322nd start in a season meeting. regular of the North American Professional League.
Nashville’s first-round pick in 2014 scored his first hat trick in a duel where the Wild enjoyed maximum success against the Western Conference leader (39 appearances, 56 points): The team coached by Dean Evason only sent 19 shots on goal on goalkeepers Philipp Grubauer and Jonas Johansson.
The Swiss scored his 12th goal of the 2021 season in the 19th minute while Minnesota had a power play (3-0).
He lit the lamp a second time with a wrist shot in the 45th minute (6-3).
He sealed the score three minutes later in power play.
Decorated with the first star, the No 22 of the Wild also contributed to the fifth goal awarded to Russian left winger Kirill Kaprizov.
He became the second Swiss in the history of the Minnesota franchise to pull off a hat-trick. Gray winger Nino Niederreiter, now at the Carolina Hurricanes, had done it twice. And the third Swiss skater to register his name at least four times on the scoreboard in the same NHL game after Roman Josi (Nashville) and Damien Brunner (Detroit).
After 35 matches, Kevin Fiala has a record of 25 personal points (average of 0.71). On a purely statistical point of view, he had had his best campaign in 2020-2021 with a production of 54 points in 64 games (0.84).
NHL. Wednesday’s matches:
Los Angeles – Arizona 4-3
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