Avs’ wild outburst makes a statement as hats fly for Kevin Fiala’s first hat trick – The Athletic

If you’re getting Wild score notifications sent to your cell phone, your battery probably ran out on Wednesday night, just like the Colorado Avalanche’s 15-game scoring streak.

Three weeks after seeing their minds, psyches and overall game torn apart in back-to-back losses to Denver, two nights after responding poorly in the opener of two games against their greatest foe, the Wild have responded in the right way. and fired off a declaration win by blowing out the Avs 8-3 at Xcel Energy Center.

A regulation loss in 16 games probably won’t scare or hurt the Avalanche, but the win could be a real confidence boost for the Wild. Ending the season’s eight-game series with an emphatic third victory at least reminded the 20 players inside their locker room that they can beat this team in case they meet them when it counts in the playoffs.

The road to the Stanley Cup could most likely go through Colorado, and the Wild are well aware of that.

“The whole game we really wanted to win,” said Kevin Fiala, who scored his first career hat trick and had a career-high four points. “We did everything to win and I think we deserved it. It was a huge game for us. We really came to this game, and we just wanted to win the game and maybe make a little statement and show them that “we can play you guys” if we want to meet them in the playoffs.

Fiala, last year’s leading scorer, made eight of the Wild’s 19 shots and extended his scoring streak to seven games (five goals, 11 points). What was really good doesn’t look like

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