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Third straight loss for Wild

Maple Leafs come away with 5-3 win at the X

December 02, 2018 - 7:50 am

   ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Nazem Kadri broke a tie with 3:20 to play and Zach Hyman scored twice in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-3 victory over the Wild on Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

   Hyman added an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal Toronto's fourth straight victory and Minnesota's third loss in a row. The Maple Leafs improved to 19-8-0, a point behind Tampa Bay for the NHL lead.

   Kadri's goal bounced off Wild defenseman Nick Seeler, who was on the wrong end of two such plays Saturday. Seeler also had a puck deflect off him and into his own goal when Tyler Ennis scored Toronto's second goal of the night.

   Auston Matthews also scored, and Frederick Anderson made 38 saves for the Maple Leafs for his 15th victory of the season.

   The win came after news broke that Toronto signed restricted free-agent William Nylander to a six-year extension, ending an impasse with his contract. Saturday was the deadline for a deal to be done.

   Matthews scored Toronto's first goal, his third in two games since returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him 14 games. The goal was his team-high sixth power play goal of the season.

   Minnesota forward Jason Zucker got some redemption in the third period to even the game. After missing a wide-open shot for what would have been the equalizing goal, Zucker eventually tied it later in the period.

   Zucker scored his eighth goal of the year at the 9:38 mark of the third on a pass from Mikael Granlund to make it 3. Minnesota outshot Toronto in the third period, but couldn't a go-ahead goal past Andersen.

   Eric Staal and Jordan Greenway also scored for Minnesota.

   NOTES: Wild D Ryan Suter has five assists in his last five games after setting up Staal's first-period tally. 

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   The Wild play at Vancouver on Tuesday night.