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Zucker’s late goal lifts Wild past Flyers, 3-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jason Zucker scored with 45.4 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist and Marco Scandella also scored for the Wild, who won their fourth straight. Darcy Kuemper stopped 37 shot.

Mark Streit and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers, who lost their fourth straight. Ray Emery had 27 saves.

Scandella broke a 1-1 tie 1:42 into the final period when he ripped a slap shot from just outside of the left circle past Emery’s glove hand. It look like it was going to be the winning goal for the second straight contest for Scandella, who scored the winner in Minnesota’s 4-3 win over Winnipeg on Sunday.

However, Giroux’s one-timer on the power play with 3:30 left in the game beat Kuemper stick side to tie it at 2-all.

The Wild then capitalized on a Philadelphia turnover in its own zone in the final minute and scored when Ryan Suter sent a cross-ice pass to a wide-open Zucker, who deposited the puck into the empty net past a sprawling Emery.

Minnesota opened the scoring with 9:01 left in the second period when Niederreiter tallied on the power play on a one-timer after receiving a cross-ice pass from Matt Dumba. Niederreiter’s slap shot from the top of the right circle beat Emery, who was shifting laterally but couldn’t get to the left side of the net fast enough.

The Flyers tied it 3 1/2 minutes later when Streit scored from close range after receiving a nifty pass from Vincent Lecavalier.

The Flyers lost on the second night of a back-to-back. On Wednesday, Flyers GM Ron Hextall bashed his team after a 2-0 loss at the Rangers.

Philadelphia played with more energy against Minnesota but lost again.

The Flyers dominated the first 1 1/2 periods and held a 21-8 advantage in shots but couldn’t score. Their best chance came 5 minutes into the second period when Jakub Voracek hit the post.

The Wild improved their road mark to 4-6-0 while getting just their second win (2-7-1) in 10 trips all-time to Philadelphia.

NOTES: Eric Lindros and John LeClair — two members of Philadelphia’s vaunted “Legion of Doom” line — were inducted into the Flyers’ Hall of Fame in a ceremony before the game. … Philadelphia D Andrew MacDonald (lower body) and D Luke Schenn (upper body) returned after missing 10 and three games, respectively. … The Flyers have outscored the Wild 31-15 in those 10 games in Philadelphia. … Philadelphia D Michael Del Zotto (lower body) didn’t play after suffering an injury against the Rangers on Wednesday.

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