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POSTGAME 5: Not so Wild

Flyers fire 32 shots but can't solve Dubnyk in 1-0 loss to Minnesota

by @NHLFlyers


One goal off of one bouncing puck is all that was needed as the Wild rode Devan Dubnyk to a 1-0 shut out win over the Flyers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Jason Zucker scored early in the third period (more on that below) while Dubnyk shut down 32 Flyers shots and three power plays, including two in the last half of the game, to grab the first win of a home-and-home series.

Brian Elliott made 26 saves in the loss, while Dubnyk recorded his second straight shutout to get the Wild back to a .500 record.

The turning point in this chess match rested on one play in which a bad angle shot from Jason Zucker early in third period was the difference maker. The play unfolded off a shot from the point by Wild d-man Matt Dumba that missed the net wide by a large margin and rebounded to the other side of the net where Zucker was positioned. He took a whack at the puck as Elliott tried to recover, but it just squeezed by. 


1. Devan Dubnyk: Stopped all 32 shots he faced, including 23 through the first two periods, for his 26th career shut out and second against the Flyers.

2. Jason Zucker: Scored the Wild's sixth straight goal and now has six of his nine goals in his last three games. 

3. Brian Elliott: Shut down the Wild through the first two periods with 14 saves and stopped 26 of 27 shots in the loss.


This is the second 1-0 shut out loss the Flyers have suffered this season and just the 36th 1-0 regulation loss in franchise history… It was also the second longest amount a time a game has gone scoreless so far this year with the other occasion coming in the other 1-0 loss to the Nashville Predators on Oct. 19.

The last time the Flyers lost two games 1-0 in regulation in the same season was 2010-11, when they dropped a 1-0 decision vs. Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011 and had the same result vs. Atlanta on March 31, 2011.

Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk posted his second straight shutout and now has a shutout streak of 136:20… Dubnyk's best stop of the night came on a point-blank save in the third period on Flyers leading scorer Sean Couturier, who one-timed a centering pass from just outside the crease.

Despite the loss, Elliott has surrendered two goals or less in each of his last three starts and has stopped 64 of his last 65 shots he faced… Of note tonight, he made a key save on Wild captain Mikko Koivu early in the first period… Koivu was driving to the net, was in all alone and tried to wait out Elliott and go around him, but Elliott stuck out his stick and swatted the puck away to keep it a scoreless game.Video: MIN@PHI: Elliott robs Koivu with stellar stick save

Sean Couturier and Radko Gudas led the Flyers with six shots on goal apiece. It's the fourth time this season Couturier has had six shots in a game, which have all tied his career high. Prior to this season, Couturier only had four six-shot games in 416 career games. For Gudas, it's his fourth career game of six shots or more; his last such game was his career high of seven shots on March 5, 2016 vs. Columbus.

The Wild snapped a five-game losing streak to the Flyers dating back to 2014 with the win… In each of the last six meetings between the clubs, the game has been either tied or a one-goal game entering the third period… They will go at it again and complete the season series when they face the Wild in Minnesota on Tuesday.

5. THEY SAID ITVideo: Hear from Elliott following 1-0 loss to MINVideo: Hear from Couturier following 1-0 loss to MIN

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