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Suter's First Career Hat Trick Sparks Wild

Updated: 01/04/2014 10:29 PM
Created: 01/04/2014 10:28 PM KSTP.com

Ryan Suter scored three goals, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Saturday night.

Suter completed the first hat trick by a Wild defenseman with 12:23 to play in the third and giving the Wild a two-goal lead. He jumped into the play straight out of the penalty box to create a 2-on-1 with Clayton Stoner, then beat Braden Holtby from the left faceoff circle off Stoner's feed.

The Wild won despite being outshot 30-11. Their previous season low for shots in a game was 13 in a 3-1 win over San Jose on Dec. 8. Minnesota has won two straight after snapping a franchise-record six-game losing streak on Thursday.

Minnesota shut out Alex Ovechkin, the NHL's leading goal scorer. Ovechkin hit the post in the final minute as the Capitals tried to rally from a two-goal deficit.

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A shot by Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22), of Switzerland, goes wide as Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) keeps an eye on it during the first period.
Photo: AP/Ann Heisenfelt

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