1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Wild used a goal 12 seconds into the game and shut down several Flyers scoring chances throughout to earn a 3-0 win over the Flyers in Minnesota on Tuesday night.
Off the opening face-off and a dump in the Flyers zone, Eric Staal took the puck out from the corner and found Nino Niederreiter in the low slot and roofed it on Elliott to get the opening tally.
From there, the Flyers pressed hard in the second period, firing 17 shots on goal, but couldn't get one past the hot play of Dubnyk, who made 30 saves. The Wild scored two empty-netters as Elliott stopped 17 of 18 shots in the loss.
2. TURNING POINT
A flurry of Grade-A scoring chances that just wouldn't go in around the midway point of the second period could've ended the Flyers scoring drought and opened up the game in the Flyers favor. Scott Laughton had a pair of chances which included a point-blank shot and a rebound, while Sean Couturier's multiple chances around the 9:30 mark of the period also refused to go, to keep the Wild in control and let them sit back in the third to ride out the win.
3. THREE STARS
1. Devan Dubnyk: Earned his third straight shutout, has stopped all 106 shots he's faced and extended his minutes streak to 196:20.
2. Nino Niederreiter: Tallied the opening goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, to extend his point streak to three games.
3. Brian Elliott: Had four shots on goal, including a breakaway in the third, and blocked three shots.
4. STATS & STORYLINES
BACK FOR SECONDS
The Flyers fired more shots in the second period, 17 in total, than the first (7) and third period combined (6).
The Flyers best chance of game came midway through the contest in the flurry chances within the two minutes span, but Taylor Leier also had a prime chance, and even got it past Dubnyk, at the end of the period but rang it off the post.
LOW SHOTS, HIGH SAVES
Elliott and Dubnyk didn't face many shots in the third, but the saves they made were from high-end scoring chances… Elliott kept the Flyers in the game with a key save on Tyler Ennis 1:30 into the third on a breakaway, while Dubynk stopped Dale Weise on a breakaway at 14:20 of the frame… Ennis was looking low stick-side on Elliott, while Weise looked to go five-hole on Dubnyk.
Elliott also came up with saves off a mad scramble with 6:30 to go to give the Flyers a fighting chance. He is 1-2-0 in his last three games despite allowing just one goal in each contest. He has a .964 save percentage in those games.
NOT SO SPECIAL
Tonight's game wasn't one for special teams with only three power plays in total and none featured in the third period… The Flyers had two power plays, one in the first and one in the second, while the Wild had just one man advantage late in the first period.
For the Wild, they have now shut down the opponent's power-play in five straight games, killing off all 14 attempts, but they've also gone scoreless in each of the last three games.
The Flyers have killed off eight straight penalties over the last three games, but have also gone scoreless on their last seven power plays.
Dale Weise and Jakub Voracek led all players in the game with five shots, while Brandon Manning led all defensemen in the contest with four shots on goal… Valtteri Filppula went 80 percent on face-offs (8-for-10)… Ivan Provorov led the Flyers with 23:57 of ice time and has now logged 23 minutes or more in 12 of the Flyers 18 games.
5. THEY SAID ITVideo: Hear from Elliott following loss to MINVideo: Hear from Hakstol following loss to MIN