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Dubnyk makes 28 saves, Wild shut out Maple Leafs

by Dan Myers

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned his NHL-leading fourth shutout against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, thanks to some help from his coach.

Dubnyk made 28 saves in the 1-0 win but appeared to allow the tying goal to Toronto's Peter Holland with four minutes remaining.

But Wild coach Mike Yeo had a feeling right away that Holland, who got tied up with defenseman Ryan Suter at the blue line, entered the Minnesota zone ahead of the puck.

"We got word quickly," Yeo said. "And if we would have had a miscommunication, we would have been calling that one. We saw that one live."

Yeo challenged the goal, and it was determined after a short video review that Holland was in fact offside.

Minnesota closed out the final four minutes to end its three-game losing streak at home.

"It's the rare one-goal-against shutout," Dubnyk said. "You don't see it too often."

The Maple Leafs, who lost 6-1 to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday, controlled large portions of the game, including a stretch from the middle of the first period until Matt Dumba's game-winning goal in the second when they outshot the Wild 12-1.

"I thought we played well," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "We had lots of opportunities, they didn't have many. I thought we did a good job. Unfortunately, we didn't score."

"We just have to keep grinding. We need our specialty teams to score. You have to find ways to score goals."

The Maple Leafs haven't scored since Michael Grabner's goal at 2:02 of the first period against the Jets, a span of 127:58.

Dumba's power-play goal at 9:24 of the second period came on a one-timer from the point on a setup by defenseman Jared Spurgeon. It was Minnesota's first shot on goal of the period.

"It was perfectly placed by [Spurgeon]. We practice it a lot, and it went smooth tonight," Dumba said. "I think we all knew we were going to bear down. No matter what the score in the game was, we were going to stay with it and stay relentless."

James Reimer made 27 saves for Toronto (8-13-5) in his first game after sitting the previous three with an undisclosed injury.

"I thought we played great, just one of those games where we couldn't find a way to score," Reimer said. "We had a lot of good chances and did a lot of good things, but they found a way to get one. If we keep playing like that, we're bound to score goals."

Dubnyk was largely responsible for Toronto's offensive struggles, making 10 saves in each of the final two periods. He's allowed one goal in back-to-back wins; he made 30 saves in a 2-1 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

"One goal against? That's pretty good in two games," Yeo said. "Toronto has been doing a good job in regards to net-front play. There was a lot of traffic there, and I thought he was picking up those pucks extremely well tonight and reading off those plays."

Toronto will conclude its three-game Central Division road trip Saturday against the St. Louis Blues.

The Wild will host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday before beginning a three-game road trip.

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