ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Ryan Suter is the quiet professional, willing to let his play on the ice for the Minnesota Wild do his talking for him.
His play did a lot of talking Saturday night, turning Suter into a comedian after the game.
Suter had the first hat trick of his NHL career to lead Minnesota to a 5-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, the first hat trick Suter said he's tallied at any level of hockey.
"I can't even score two goals in summer hockey," Suter joked.
Suter scored twice on the power play and Jason Zucker added his second goal in as many games since rejoining the Wild and Minnesota was three of five with the man-advantage. Nino Niederreiter scored his eighth goal of the season and Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves as the Wild won back-to-back games before a three-game road trip.
Minnesota scored its five goals on just 11 shots, marking the first time a team had scored five goals on fewer than 13 shots since shots on goal became a recorded statistic in 1973-74,...