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'Kirill the Thrill' wows with third-period hat trick against Coyotes

Three more electrifying goals by the rookie phenom.
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Kirill Kaprizov scored three goals in the third period to break a 0-0 deadlock and fuel the Minnesota Wild to a 4-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes Friday night. 

Kaprizov buried his first goal 5:47 into the final period, then scored again two minutes and 27 seconds later for a 2-0 Minnesota lead. The rookie sensation completed the hat trick on a one-timer from the left circle with under a minute left in the game. 

Kaprizov has 10 goals and 13 assists in 25 games this season, which is already closing in on Marian Gaborik's franchise record for points by a rookie. Gaborik finished with 18 goals and 18 assists in 71 games as a rookie in the Wild's expansion season in 2001. 

Minnesota's goaltending was outstanding again as Cam Talbot made 25 saves to earn the shutout. 

Jonas Brodin scored an empty-net goal with 58.8 seconds to play to seal the deal for the Wild, who are now 16-8-1. 

The Coyotes will stay in Minnesota for two more games against the Wild; Sunday at 1 p.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

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