Skip to main content

Boldy's breakout leads Wild over Islanders

The rookie has ignited the Wild since his callup.
Matt Boldy

The Minnesota Wild were one of the best teams in the NHL before Matt Boldy showed up. But since the rookie made his debut, the Wild have hit an extra gear.

Boldy's presence was felt on Sunday night as the Wild picked up a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders. With a goal and an assist, Boldy played a key role in the victory and has helped Minnesota post an 8-0-1 record since his call-up on Jan. 6.

One of the areas Boldy has made an impact is on the power play. Prior to Boldy's arrival, the Wild were converting on just 16.8 percent (17-of-101) of their chances with the man advantage. But in the eight games since his callup, that number had jumped to 24 percent (6-for-25) entering Sunday night.

After the Wild got on the board with an unassisted goal by Brandon Duhaime, the power play success continued. With the puck along the end boards, Boldy and Kirill Kaprizov were able to wrestle it free and find Joel Eriksson Ek to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead.

Boldy has also unlocked the potential of Kevin Fiala. The Wild winger had just seven goals and 14 assists before Boldy's arrival but has 10 points in eight games with the rookie on his line.

Fiala's hot streak continued when he assisted on Boldy's goal in the second period. Boldy's deflection on a shot by Victor Rask gave Fiala points in his last 11 games, which is the longest active streak in the NHL and put Minnesota ahead 3-1.

Plays like that are a big reason why Wild fans are excited about Boldy's potential. Despite missing the first month of the year with a fractured ankle, Boldy has shined since his call-up, scoring four goals with five assists in nine games.

Despite Boldy's play, the Islanders found a way to stay in the game. A turnover by Duhaime allowed Ross Johnston to cut the lead down to 3-2 but Kaprizov answered with his 18th goal of the year to put Minnesota ahead 4-2.

New York made things interesting with a power play goal from Oliver Wahlstrom but Kaapo Kähkönen finished off a 40-save night by fending off a late rush and giving the Wild their fifth straight victory.

The Wild (27-10-3) will play their final game before the All-Star break on Wednesday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 9.31.25 PM

Boy found in Brooklyn Park; appeal to find his parents

The boy was found shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday.

police tape, crime scene

1 dead, 1 arrested after shooting involving teens in Duluth

A 17-year-old was arrested around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Neither the victim nor the suspect has been identified.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 1.03.19 PM

NASCAR driver joins MN boy in reclaiming 'Let's go Brandon' slogan

Brandon Brundidge gained recognition when his mother shared the story of how he found inspiration in "Let's go Brandon" signs.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 10.20.27 AM

White supremacist propaganda flyers distributed in Cottage Grove

The department said the flyers have been left in driveways throughout the city.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 9.32.09 AM

6-year-old Northfield girl missing, mother dead of apparent suicide

Anyone who had seen the girl or her mother in the past two weeks should call Northfield police.

Pixabay - jet skis resting

Jet skier injured in explosion on Minnesota lake

The explosion happened on Little Lake 14 in St. Louis County.

Krisit Noem

Kristi Noem's response to 10-year-old Ohio girl pregnant after being raped

Abortion is illegal in South Dakota unless the mother's life is in danger.

police lights

Sheriff: Deputy shoots gun-wielding man in western Wisconsin

One deputy fired on the man, striking him in an unknown area of his body.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 7.28.32 AM

Man found dead in 26 inches of water in Le Sueur County

The 45-year-old was found in near the shoreline on Lake Washington.

police lights

Man arrested after abduction attempt in Bemidji

The incident occurred in Cameron Park on June 25.

betty danger's

Betty Danger's in NE Minneapolis for sale for $4.2 million

The asking price includes the restaurant's ferris wheel, as well as a nearby single-family home.

Related

Matt Boldy

Small sample size, but Matt Boldy is a star in the making

The Wild have another young star on their hands.

Kirill Kaprizov / Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild: 5 things you can count on in the 2021-22 season

Can the Wild live up to their lofty expectations?

Matt Boldy

Boldy's hat trick lifts Wild over Red Wings.

Boldy became the fourth rookie in franchise history to record a hat trick.

Minnesota Wild

4-goal first period leads Wild's rout over Oilers

Minnesota scored early and often in a win over Edmonton.

Kevin Fiala / Minnesota Wild

5 ways the Minnesota Wild can get even better

Despite three straight losses, the Wild enter play Friday atop the Western Conference standings.

Matt Boldy

Kaprizov's injury overshadows Wild's win over Bruins

Matt Boldy scored his first career goal but the status of the Wild superstar is a major concern.

Joel Eriksson Ek

Eriksson Ek's OT winner helps Wild climb to second in Central Division

A win over the Canucks helped the Wild jump ahead of the Blues.

Kevin Fiala / Minnesota Wild

Kevin Fiala's two goals lead Wild over Ducks

Fiala has six goals in the past seven games.