Soucy, Kahkonen lead Wild to 4-2 win over Panthers

Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal (12) reacts after center Luke Kunin scored an empty net goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against th...
Minnesota Wild defenseman Carson Soucy (21) is congratulated after scoring a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Pa...
Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) and Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) fight for the puck during the third period of an NHL hocke...
Minnesota Wild defenseman Carson Soucy, left, scores a goal against goaltender Chris Driedger (60) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tues...
Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) skates with the puck as Florida Panthers center Mike Hoffman (68) defends during the second period of an NH...
Minnesota Wild left wing Jordan Greenway (18) skates with the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Tuesda...
Minnesota Wild right wing Ryan Hartman (38) and Florida Panthers center Brian Boyle (9) chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game,...
Minnesota Wild center Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates with left wing Jason Zucker (16) after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey ...
Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker, left, scores a goal past Florida Panthers goaltender Chris Driedger during the second period of an NHL hockey g...
Minnesota Wild right wing Ryan Hartman (38) skates with the puck as Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad defends during the second period of an NH...
Minnesota Wild center Luke Kunin (19) and Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) watch the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, T...
Minnesota Wild left wing Jordan Greenway (18) and Florida Panthers center Dominic Toninato (14) go for the puck during the first period of an NHL hock...
Florida Panthers right wing Brett Connolly (10) is found by Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) during the first period of an NHL hockey game,...
Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau, right, celebrates with defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL ...
Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) reacts after the puck gets past Minnesota Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (31) on a goal scored by Flor...

Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal (12) reacts after center Luke Kunin scored an empty net goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against th...

Minnesota Wild defenseman Carson Soucy (21) is congratulated after scoring a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Pa...

Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) and Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) fight for the puck during the third period of an NHL hocke...

Minnesota Wild defenseman Carson Soucy, left, scores a goal against goaltender Chris Driedger (60) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tues...

Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) skates with the puck as Florida Panthers center Mike Hoffman (68) defends during the second period of an NH...

Minnesota Wild left wing Jordan Greenway (18) skates with the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Tuesda...

Minnesota Wild right wing Ryan Hartman (38) and Florida Panthers center Brian Boyle (9) chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game,...

Minnesota Wild center Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates with left wing Jason Zucker (16) after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey ...

Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker, left, scores a goal past Florida Panthers goaltender Chris Driedger during the second period of an NHL hockey g...

Minnesota Wild right wing Ryan Hartman (38) skates with the puck as Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad defends during the second period of an NH...

Minnesota Wild center Luke Kunin (19) and Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) watch the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, T...

Minnesota Wild left wing Jordan Greenway (18) and Florida Panthers center Dominic Toninato (14) go for the puck during the first period of an NHL hock...

Florida Panthers right wing Brett Connolly (10) is found by Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) during the first period of an NHL hockey game,...

Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau, right, celebrates with defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL ...

Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (11) reacts after the puck gets past Minnesota Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (31) on a goal scored by Flor...

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Carson Soucy scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Luke Kunin, Mats Zuccarello and Jason Zucker also scored as the Wild won their fourth straight game and earned a point for the 10th straight game (7-0-3). Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 44 shots in his second NHL start.

Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers, who have lost four of their past five games. Chris Driedger made 22 saves in his second straight start.

Soucy broke a 2-2 tie after he backhanded the puck between Driedger’s pads at 4:49 of the final period. Kunin added an empty-netter with 1:01 left.

Trailing 2-0, the Wild closed within one when Zucker grabbed a loose puck, moved past defenseman Mike Hoffman and skated in on a breakaway, and backhanded the puck high into the net with 10:34 left in the second.

Zuccarello tied it 2-all when his shot from the right circle went between Driedger’s pads with 7:04 left in the middle period.

Barkov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead on his power-play goal midway through the first as his shot from the left circle beat Kahkonen on the stick side.

Huberdeau doubled the Panthers’ lead when he fired a shot past Kahkonen with 5:34 left in the opening period.

NOTES: Panthers C Jayce Hawryluk missed his 14th straight game. ... Wild D Jared Spurgeon left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return. ... D Greg Pateryn, who had surgery Oct. 1, was assigned to AHL Iowa on Monday for a conditioning assignment.

UP NEXT

Wild: At Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Panthers: Host Columbus on Saturday.

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