(above) Jason Zucker scored his first NHL goal on Sunday to help the Minnesota Wild defeat Detroit
The Minnesota Wild have had to work a bit harder to generate any offense this season. That's what made Jason Zucker zooming past everybody for a highlight-reel goal such a welcome sight.
Dany Heatley, Zucker and Torrey Mitchell all scored in the second period to rally Minnesota over the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Sunday night.
It was Minnesota's first regulation win since Jan. 29 and just the second time it scored at least three goals in regulation over the last nine games.
After Heatley snapped a nine-game scoring drought to make it 2-1, Zucker went coast-to-coast and scored his first NHL goal to tie it.
Zucker was called up on Saturday to try and spark the Wild's offense. The 2010 second-round pick showed off his speed and made a slick move on Valtteri Flippula to break free and score unassisted.
"For me, I skate fast and I try to get the puck on net," Zucker said. "That's what I do."
Asked about his shoot-first mentality, Zucker smiled and said: "I'm not exactly a passer. I'm trying to get the puck on net and limit my passing."
Several Minnesota players are sick, but Zucker's pure speed and the play of backup goalie Darcy Kuemper made the Wild feel better.
Zucker led AHL Houston with 19 goals and 41 assists.