Eriksson scores hat trick to lead Bruins past Wild
BOSTON — Loui Eriksson scored three goals and the Boston Bruins beat the slumping Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Thursday night.
Eriksson wrapped up his third career hat trick when he converted a perfect give-and-go from David Krejci early in the third period. He leads the Bruins with nine goals.
Eriksson has 32 points in 32 games against Minnesota.
Krejci had two assists as Boston beat the Wild franchise for only the second time on home ice after dropping the first seven matchups.
Minnesota fell to 1-4-3 in its last eight road games and has led for just 1:12 during that stretch.
Jason Zucker scored for Minnesota in the second period. He sustained a lower body injury as time expired and had to be helped off the ice.
Eriksson's first two goals came within a span of 3:44 of the second period and put the Bruins ahead 3-1. He scored the tiebreaker when his pass deflected off the skate off Jason Pominville and went into the net at 7:37.
Eriksson tallied again during a power play when he tipped a pass from Patrice Bergeron past Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
Dubnyk made 34 saves and dropped to 0-5 all-time against Boston, giving up an average of over five goals a game.
Jonas Gustavsson made his first start in five games and had 24 saves for Boston.
Zucker made it 1-all at 5:12 of the second period. His goal came 41 seconds after the Bruins failed to capitalize on a two-man advantage they held for 75 seconds.
Brad Marchand also scored for Boston. Jordan Schroeder scored his first of the season for the Wild.
NOTES: Minnesota recalled Gustav Olofsson while defenseman Marco Scandella is out with a lower body injury. ... Zach Parise missed his sixth straight game for the Wild. ... Mikko Koivu extended his point streak to five games for the Wild. Bergeron has a point in six straight.
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