Joel Eriksson Ek

Joel Eriksson Ek

Height/Weight: 6' 3"/208 lbs
Born: Karlstad, Sweden
Draft: 2015 1st round (20th pick) by the
Shoots: L
  • The Canadian Press

    Victor Rask scores in OT to lift Wild past Ducks, 4-3

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Victor Rask scored 2:46 into overtime and the Minnesota Wild beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 on Saturday night. Jared Spurgeon, Ryan Hartman and Nick Bonino also scored and the Wild finished 4-1-2 on a season-high, seven-game homestand. Kirill Kaprizov added two assists and Cam Talbot stopped 19 shots. Minnesota, which began the day a point behind Colorado for second place in the West Division and home-ice advantage for the opening playoff round, is 21-5-2 at Xcel Energy Center this season, including 19-2-2 since Jan. 31. “Whenever you’re playing at home, you want to make sure you take care of business, and we’ve done that so far this year and we have to continue that going into playoffs,” Spurgeon said. Near the end of his shift, Rask took a pass from Matt Dumba and hammered a shot past Ryan Miller from the left circle. “It was just a great pass by Dums, he caught everyone off guard. I wasn’t very tired, so I still had legs,” Rask said. Miller concluded his stellar 18-season career by making 21 saves for Anaheim, which finished 17-30-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. Rickard Rakell, Trevor Zegras and Max Comtois scored, the latter on a slap shot with 25.5 seconds left in regulation. “The last few games we’re playing against very, very good teams and you can see we’re right there and we just got to take that next step,” coach Dallas Eakins said. Kaprizov, the favourite to be named the league’s top rookie, has 24 assists among his team-leading 51 points. He has 11 goals and five assists in his last 12 games. His second helper of the night was a saucer pass to Hartman for an easy redirect for a 2-1 lead. “I would be more than fine with him shooting that puck too. Good chance he’s going to put it in the net. … The goalie has to respect his shot and his ability to score and I was just there,” Hartman said. Bonino took a feed from Nico Strum to score less than a minute later. Zegras scored early in the third period to get the Ducks within 3-2 and was robbed by a sprawling save by Talbot a few minutes later. Anaheim did not score during its lone power play. Its 8.9% success rate this season is the worst in modern-era league history. Tampa Bay had a 9.4% power-play percentage in 1997-98. ONE LAST MILLER TIME Miller received congratulations from all Ducks and Wild players after the game, his 796th and final one. He also received a standing ovation following a tribute video played during the first period. Miller countered with a wave and stick salute. His parents were among those watching in person. “It was nice to have them there. They were there at the beginning and I felt it was the right thing to have them there at the end,” Miller said. Finishing with a career record of 391-290-1 playing for Buffalo, St. Louis, Vancouver and Anaheim, Miller is the all-time leader among American-born goaltenders in wins, second in shutouts (44) and games played (795) and is one of six goalies in league history to win 30 games in seven straight seasons (2006-12). Miller won the Vezina Trophy in 2009-10 with Buffalo, going 41-18-8 with .929 save percentage and a 2.22 goals-against average. He also backstopped the United States to a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that season and was named the tournament’s MVP. Said Wild coach Dean Evason: “Hopefully our young guys really appreciate where these guys have come from and how they’ve competed for that long and try to do the same.” NO PARISE AGAIN Wild LW Zach Parise was a healthy scratch for the second straight game and third time since April 5. “It’s numbers, and we have to make a decision. It’s a tough call, obviously, but you’ve got to make that decision,” Evason said. In the ninth season of a 13-year, $98 million deal, Parise has seven goals and 11 assists in 44 games, but zero of either in nine straight games as his playing time has steadily decreased. UP NEXT Wild: First of two games at St. Louis starting Wednesday. ____ More AP NHL: and Mike Cook, The Associated Press

  • The Canadian Press

    Wild host the Ducks following overtime victory

    Anaheim Ducks (17-30-8, eighth in the West Division) vs. Minnesota Wild (34-14-5, third in the West Division) St. Paul, Minnesota; Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Wild -294, Ducks +235; over/under is 5.5 BOTTOM LINE: The Anaheim Ducks visit Minnesota after the Wild knocked off Anaheim 4-3 in overtime. The Wild have gone 34-14-5 against division opponents. Minnesota ranks ninth in the league averaging 3.3 goals per game, led by Kirill Kaprizov with 27. The Ducks are 17-30-8 against West Division opponents. Anaheim is last in the league averaging only 3.5 assists per game. Cam Fowler leads the team with 18 total assists. The teams meet for the second game in a row. TOP PERFORMERS: Kaprizov leads the Wild with 49 points, scoring 27 goals and adding 22 assists. Kevin Fiala has 13 points over the last 10 games for Minnesota. Maxime Comtois has 31 total points while scoring 15 goals and totalling 16 assists for the Ducks. Trevor Zegras has four assists over the last 10 games for Anaheim. LAST 10 GAMES: Wild: 7-1-2, averaging 4.2 goals, 6.6 assists, 2.6 penalties and 6.1 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .900 save percentage. Ducks: 3-6-1, averaging 2.1 goals, 3.2 assists, three penalties and 6.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with an .895 save percentage. INJURIES: Wild: Kevin Fiala: day to day (lower body). Ducks: Jakob Silfverberg: out (lower body). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press

  • Kaprizov scores in OT as Wild beat Ducks 4-3
    The Canadian Press

    Kaprizov scores in OT as Wild beat Ducks 4-3

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kirill Kaprizov scored 27 seconds into overtime to send the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Kaprizov, the rookie sensation with 27 goals this season, snapped a quick shot that was stopped by Anaheim goalie John Gibson, but drove the net and found the puck on a rebound and easily scored with Gibson unable to recover. Victor Rask, Nico Sturm and Joel Eriksson Ek also scored for Minnesota, which has won three of its past four games and has points in five straight. The Wild started the day one point behind Colorado for second in the West Division. The Avalanche played at Los Angeles later Friday. Kaapo Kahkonen made 22 saves for Minnesota. Max Comtois, Adam Henrique and Derek Grant scored for Anaheim. Gibson stopped 32 shots. The teams finish their season series on Saturday in Minnesota. Kaprizov, perhaps the frontrunner for the league’s top rookie honour, has had a flair for the dramatic all season. On the first shift in overtime along with Eriksson Ek, Kaprizov got the puck in his own defensive end and started his charge to score the game-winner. He leads all rookies in scoring and is the franchise’s all-time rookie leader in goals, power-play goals and points. SITTING STARS Zach Parise was a healthy scratch by Minnesota for the second time this season. Parise has been playing in a bottom two-line role for much of the season. He is one shy of his 200th goal as a member of the Wild. Meanwhile, Ryan Getzlaf was out of the lineup for Anaheim, the second time he’s been scratched this season without an injury. Getzlaf, who has five goals and 12 assists this season, will likely see his 13-season streak of leading the team in assists end this year. INJURY NOTES Ducks defenceman Josh Manson returned to the lineup after missing seven games with an upper-body injury. Kevin Fiala was back in Minnesota’s lineup after missing one game with a lower-body injury. ___ More AP NHL: and Brian Hall, The Associated Press