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Zuccarello leads streaking Wild to 5-4 win over Lightning

Mats Zuccarello had a goal and two assists as the Minnesota Wild won their fifth consecutive game, 5-4 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.

Joel Eriksson Ek, Jason Zucker, Carson Soucy and Victor Rask also scored for the Wild, who have an 11-game point streak (8-0-3). Alex Stalock stopped 30 shots.

Tampa Bay, which is 1-3-1 over its last five games, got goals from Erik Cernak, Mikhail Sergachev, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 16 saves.

Minnesota Wild right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with left wing Jason Zucker (16) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Zuccarello put the Wild up 5-4 from the right circle at 4:08 of the third period, just eight seconds after Killorn's goal.

Hedman helped the Lightning rally from a two-goal deficit to tie it 3-all on his 100th goal during a power play at 18:47 of the second. However, Rask's rebound goal put Minnesota back ahead with 36.4 seconds left in the period.

Nikita Kucherov assisted on Hedman's goal and has nine assists and 13 points during a seven-game point streak.

Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock (32) makes a save on a shot by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

After Cernak stopped his 21-game goal drought 1:52 into the first, Eriksson started a three-goal Wild surge at 9:33 that also saw Zucker and Soucy score during a 1:41 span.

Zucker worked a nifty give-and-go with Eric Staal, who has 74 points (33 goals, 41 assists) in 74 games against Tampa Bay.

Sergachev made it 3-2 with 4:03 to go in the first.

Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock (32) looks back after his save on a shot by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

NOTES: Ek entered without a goal in his previous 17 games. ... Hedman's first goal came exactly 10 years ago. ... Wild D Jared Spurgeon (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss two weeks. C Mikko Koivu (lower body) also didn't play. ... Killorn (lower body) returned after sitting out two games.

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Minnesota Wild right wing Ryan Hartman (38) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) race for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

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Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) watches his goal get past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Minnesota Wild center Victor Rask (49) celebrates with the bench after his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman celebrates his goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. The goal was Hedman's 100th of his career. (AP PhotoChris O'Meara)