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Wild leading scorer Zuccarello, Pitlick in COVID protocol

October 28, 2021 GMT
Minnesota Wild's Mats Zuccarello, of Norway, celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Minnesota Wild's Mats Zuccarello, of Norway, celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
Minnesota Wild's Mats Zuccarello, of Norway, celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) — Minnesota Wild forwards Mats Zuccarello and Rem Pitlick have entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, the team announced Thursday.

Zuccarello is Minnesota’s leading scorer, with seven points, including three goals, through six games. Pitlick had an assist in his debut with the Wild on Tuesday, a 3-2 victory at Vancouver.

The Wild recalled forwards Connor Dewar and Kyle Rau and defenseman Jon Lizotte from their AHL affiliate in Iowa for reinforcements ahead of their game at Seattle on Thursday.

The Wild abruptly canceled their practice on Wednesday while they sorted out the situation. They already had three assistant coaches who were in the league coronavirus protocol. Wild general manager Bill Guerin said before the season that the team was 100% vaccinated.

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