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Zack Kassian shines, but Wolves fall 4-3 to Admirals in shootout

Updated: December 26, 2012 9:50AM

Wolves right wing Zack Kassian has never had his skills called into question. At times he can be among the most dominant players in the AHL. The knock on the 21-year-old is that the dominant player hasn’t always shown up.

But Saturday when they hosted the Milwaukee Admirals at Allstate Arena, the Wolves were lucky Kassian was at his best. He was the reason the Wolves were able to salvage a point in a 4-3 shootout loss.

The Wolves lost the shootout 2-1. Kassian scored the Wolves’ lone goal in the shootout.

“Bounces have to be on your side, and linemates have a lot to do with it,’’ Kassian said. ‘‘Those guys played great tonight. Last couple games, we’ve been getting scoring chances, and tonight the bounces just went in.’’

Kassian’s goal came at 16:31 in the third after Darren Haydar volleyed a puck out of the air to Kassian, who was in front of the goal.

The goal put the Wolves up 3-2, but Milwaukee’s Austin Watson scored his second goal of the game 46 seconds later to force overtime.

The Wolves have struggled early in games but were able to create numerous chances in the first period, indicating it would be one of their better offensive nights.

Kassian and Haydar assisted on the game’s first goal, a Brad Hunt power-play goal at 5:47 in the first period. But the Wolves followed with a number of missed point-blank chances.

Kassian’s assist extended his point streak to three games. This after a four-game scoreless streak.

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