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Stalock relieves injured Dubnyk to help Wild shut out Oilers

Combine for 25 saves to hand Edmonton second straight loss; Staal has two goals, assist

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Staal cleans up rebound

EDM@MIN: Staal backhands puck home in front

Eric Staal skates to the front of the net, where he jumps on the rebound and backhands it into the net to open the scoring in the 1st

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Alex Stalock made 16 saves in relief of the injured Devan Dubnyk, and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Dubnyk made nine saves before leaving the game at 1:59 of the second period after he went down during a collision in the goal crease. Wild coach Bruce Boudreau did not provide details about the injury but said Dubnyk would likely not play at the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

"It was a good game," Boudreau said. "We played some good games, but that was our most complete game this year."

 

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Eric Staal had three points, including his first two goals of the season, and Brad Hunt scored for the Wild (3-6-0), who won consecutive games for the first time since a five-game winning streak from Feb. 21 to March 2.

"Anytime you start a season, you want to get that first one out of the way as soon as possible, and obviously [it's been] pretty challenging [for me] there for a little bit," Staal said. "Felt good to get that one, and it's amazing what a little confidence will do. … But it was a big win by our guys tonight. We competed hard, and we did a great job limiting their big players and frustrating [them]. We'll take it and keep building from here."

Video: Dubnyk, Stalock earn combined Pepsi Zero Shutout

Mike Smith made 27 saves, and the Oilers (7-2-1) lost their second straight game, both shutouts. They lost 1-0 at the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout on Sunday.

"First time losing two in a row (this season), and first real game I thought we probably got outcompeted for most of the game, just on loose puck battles and stuff," Edmonton center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "It's the first time a game like this has happened to us in the first 10 [minutes]. 

"It's bound to happen, things like this happen to any team throughout the League and throughout the season, and it's just a matter of how we bounce back and how we respond back at home." 

Staal made it 1-0 at 11:33 of the first period off a pass from Jordan Greenway from below the goal line.

Staal scored again with a backhand 1:15 later to make it 2-0 at 12:48.

Video: EDM@MIN: Staal backhands in his second goal

Hunt made it 3-0 six seconds into a power play, scoring on a one-timer from the right point at 16:46.

Greenway left the game after that goal with an undisclosed injury following a hit by Oilers forward Josh Archibald. Boudreau said the forward could skate Wednesday and travel to Nashville. 

 

They said it

"It's hard to win every game. You've got teams, especially you look at the last two teams we played, the last three teams played (Detroit Red Wings, Jets, Wild), they're all desperate to try get themselves back in the [Stanley Cup Playoff] race even early. We've had a pretty good start, but when you play a desperate team, you better play desperate yourself, and we didn't have the juice in our tank or gas in our tank to do that. We got behind early and just chased it the whole game." -- Oilers coach Dave Tippett

"This team is trending in the right direction after falling on some hard times early. This is the team that we know we had, and hopefully going forward this is what we put forth every night." -- Wild defenseman Matt Dumba

 

Need to know

Edmonton center Connor McDavid has gone three straight games without a point for the second time in his NHL career. He last did it from Dec. 29, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018. … Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was held without a point for the second straight game. … This was the second combined shutout in Wild history. Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Dec. 5, 2015. … Minnesota won consecutive games at home for the first time since Dec. 11 and 13, 2018. … Wild forward Mats Zuccarello returned to the lineup after missing four games with a lower-body injury and assisted on Staal's first goal. It was Zuccarello's first point with Minnesota. … Spurgeon played his 600th NHL game. ... Boudreau passed Billy Reay for 23rd place on the NHL wins list (542). … Dubnyk made his 300th start with Minnesota. He joined Niklas Backstrom (391) as the only goalies to reach that mark in Wild history.

 

What's next

Oilers: Host the Washington Capitals on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SN1, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

Wild: At the Nashville Predators on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

Video: Staal scores two as Wild defeat Oilers, 3-0

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