In a lot of ways, Wild winger Marcus Foligno pummeling Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov was a microcosm of Monday’s game at SAP Center.
The only difference was Foligno graciously called the fight with Knyzhov after drawing blood, whereas the Wild poured salt in the wound en route to a 6-2 rout of the Sharks.
All of a sudden Wild have won three games in a row for the first time this season and are steadily climbing in the West Coast division. Maybe more importantly, the Wild are getting production from up and down the lineup, and don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Just look at the stat sheet from Monday’s game. It had a little bit of everything.
Not only did Foligno nab a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, an assist, and a fight, Mats Zuccarello continued to impress with a four-point night, and Victor Rask chipped in with a three-point of his own. If that wasn’t enough, rookie sensation Kirill Kaprizov scored a goal, and the Wild even converted on the power play for the second straight game.
It marked the second game in a row that the Wild got tremendous production from the Kaprizov-Rask-Zuccarello line. They have a combined 14 points in that span.
As dominant as the Wild were throughout the game, it was a disastrous start as Brent Burns stunned his former team with a goal 45 seconds into the contest. That…