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TORONTO (AP) With just one win in seven games the Minnesota Wild needed a lift. Zach Parise provided it.Parise broke a tie off a turnover early in the third period and the Wild rallied to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Thursday.Its been some tough sledding for us Winnipeg Jets Hats Womens , Parise said. We played a pretty solid game.Auston Matthews lost the puck to Parise, who beat goalie Michael Hutchinson high over his glove at 4:21 for his 18th goal of the season. Minnesota overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2.We kept pushing even when they got the 3-2 (lead), said Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who was just named to his third all-star game. We just stuck with it.Toronto got a power play midway through the period, with Matthews hitting the post short side on Dubnyk. The Leafs pulled Hutchinson with 2:45 left, but were unable to get anything past the Wild netminder, including a chance that dribbled off the post in the dying seconds.Youve got to learn how to win all kinds of games, Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. Theyre a veteran team, they make it hard on you. We scored twice in the first period I didnt like our first period. They were better than us. After that I liked our game a lot.Jared Spurgeon had a goal and two assists, Charlie Coyle added a goal and an assist, and Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota. Dubnyk stopped 38 shots.Mitch Marner scored twice and William Nylander had the other goal for Toronto, which lost its second straight. John Tavares added two assists for the Leafs Custom Winnipeg Jets Jerseys , and Hutchinson made 30 saves in his debut in an emergency recall from the minors. Hutchinson has only been with the organization since Saturday following a trade with the Florida Panthers.Marner staked the Leafs to an early lead when he snared a loose puck off the opening faceoff and fired a backhander off the post and in after just seven seconds to tie the Leafs franchise record for fastest goal at the start of a game. The 21-year-old winger made it 2-0 at 5:38 with his 15th goal of the season and ninth in the last eight games, scoring off a give-and-go with Tavares.Coyle cut the deficit to 2-1 at 9:10 when he scored his seventh on a rebound and the Wild tied it at 5:09 of the second when Koivu swatted his sixth past a down-and-out Hutchinson.Nylander responded with his first goal of the year when he beat Dubnyk upstairs at 8:16 to make it 3-2. The winger had just two points in his 11 previous games since his contract impasse with the Leafs ended on Dec. 1 with a six-year, $45 million deal.Parise hit the crossbar moments later, but the Wild evened the score at 9:36 when Spurgeon put a shot through Hutchinsons pads for his fifth goal of the season.NOTES: Marners first goal tied Charlie Conachers team record set Feb. 6, 1932 against the Boston Bruins. Hutchinson was 1-1-2 with an .839 save percentage and a 4.18 goals-against average in four games for the Panthers this season, but was a respectable 43-39-11 with a .910 save percentage and a 2.65 GAA in 102 games between 2013 and 2018 with Winnipeg. Hutchinson and fellow netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo were recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis with both No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen (groin) and backup Garret Sparks (concussion protocol) out. Andersen is on injured reserve while Sparks, who took a shot up high in Wednesdays practice after starting Torontos last three games, sat out for precautionary reasons. Tavares and Matthews were named as Torontos All-Star representatives. Scotiabank Arena had significantly more kids than usual for a matinee start that included a flashy opening ceremony with children dressed up as players, referees and announcers. There were even miniature versions of Leafs coach Mike Babcock and famed Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry.UP NEXTWild: At Ottawa on Saturday.Maple Leafs: Host Vancouver on Saturday night. TORONTO Auston Matthews said he is ready to return to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup.The question is whether the teams medical staff will clear him in time for the game against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena or wait until Saturday when the Maple Leafs visit the Minnesota Wild.The Maple Leafs did not play Tuesday while the Sharks were in Buffalo, where they lost 3-2 in overtime to the surging Sabres, who won their 10th straight.Article continues below ...It was the second straight loss for the Sharks, who dropped a 6-0 decision on the road to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.Joe Pavelski scored twice in the final nine minutes for the Sharks on Tuesday and leads the team with 15 goals.As for the Maple Leafs www.goldenknightsshoponline.com , Matthews has missed 14 games since Oct. 27 after he injured his shoulder in a collision with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.In my mind, I feel ready to play (Wednesday), Matthews said Tuesday after his first practice with contact. The guys took it easy on me for the most part, but just in those battle drills and competing and stuff, everything felt good.Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said final clearance for Matthews would not come until it is discussed with athletic therapist Paul Ayotte.The 21-year-old center has 10 goals and six assists in 11 games this season.He looked fine out there (Tuesday) so well see how he is, Babcock said.The Maple Leafs (17-8-0)are 9-5-0 this season without Matthews, including a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins Monday night. The Maple Leafs have won five straight home games.Its never about one player, its about the team, Babcock said. We have a good leadership and the guys have worked hard most nights. Weve had a tough schedule.Mitch Marner has been playing particularly well. He had three assists against the Bruins on Monday and has six goals and 27 assists in 25 games.At times, it has looked as though Marner is playing a different game than the other players at times.I think thats what you think with all good players, is it not? Babcock said. I think, if youre watching (Boston) Vegas Golden Knights T-Shirts Womens , I think you think when (David Pastrnak) gets the puck and hes playing a different game than everybody else too.Whats amazing is most of us have no time and space whatsoever. Were banging it here and banging it there and chasing it. Then the really good guys seem to have all the time in the world and thats what youre talking about. Thats why theyre just gliding all over the rink and its seems effortless and it seems like fun and they have the puck all the time and you cant figure out why. Theyre just better than everybody else.The Sharks (12-8-5) are 4-5-3 on the road. They are considered somewhat of a disappointment so far this season.Well find it, said backup goaltender Aaron Dell, who could get the start Wednesday after Martin Jones got the call Tuesday. Its coming more and more. We were a little too offensive-minded to start and then we went polar opposite for a while and tried to play too much defense. Now, were going back and forth trying to find that middle. A little more time and we should be able to get that perfected and well be a tough team to beat.The Maple Leafs beat the Sharks 5-3 in San Jose on Nov. 15.I get the frustration, Sharks defenseman Joakim Ryan told the San Jose Mercury News. Its natural for a fan base. Everyone in here grew up being a fan and youre (upset) when the team loses. Thats what you should expect. Its completely understandable. Its frustrating when youre not consistent. We could be doing a lot better. But considering how its gone, were still in a good spot.We still have a lot of the same core guys, but some of the new guys that have come in are pretty important pieces, San Jose defenseman Brenden Dillon said. We know were a good team and we know were going to be a great team.

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