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Dubnyk, Wild defeat Canadiens in first shutout of season

Makes 32 saves, extends Minnesota's streak against Montreal to nine; Granlund scores only goal

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves for the Minnesota Wild in their first shutout of the season, a 1-0 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Monday.

Mikael Granlund scored an unassisted goal for Minnesota (21-17-3), which has won three straight and four of five following a five-game losing streak (0-4-1). It was the Wild's ninth straight win against Montreal, including 7-1 at Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 11.

It was Dubnyk's 30th NHL shutout, his first since April 2.

 

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"It's nice to get," Dubnyk said. "It's kind of weird that it's been this long. I feel like there's been probably four or five games that felt like it was going to be and never happened. So shutouts are always nice to get. It's just winning's important and they're extra special when it's 1-0 because you know you really needed it to be a shutout."

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Carey Price made 24 saves for the Canadiens (22-16-5), who have lost consecutive games since winning five of six (5-1-0).

"It's hard to put your finger on it," forward Brendan Gallagher said about Montreal's inability to score. "Obviously a good goalie, they defend well, but you always believe that there's a solution. You always believe that there's a way to get pucks past and you've just got to outcompete everyone and that includes the goaltender and tonight he outworked us."

Montreal is 0-9-0 against Minnesota since a 4-1 win at home on Nov. 8, 2014.

"It seems like some teams have other teams' number, for whatever reason," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "My whole tenure (with the) Anaheim (Ducks) we never lost at home to (the) Calgary (Flames). So every team has somebody that they match up well against, I guess."

Granlund took advantage of a blind backhand pass by Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry to score his 12th goal at 6:58 of the third period.

Video: MIN@MTL: Granlund buries wrist shot into the open net

"Obviously you always hope for those," said Granlund, who scored his first goal in 16 games since Nov. 29.

He intercepted the puck in the right faceoff circle and cut across the slot, patiently holding onto the puck before scoring on a wrist shot from the left side of the net to give the Wild a 1-0 lead.

"It was a fairly sloppy game overall," Boudreau said. "It seemed like the ice was so fast that the puck was spinning like a curling rock every time it hit somebody's stick. I mean the best pass was the one they gave (Granlund)."

Granlund has 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) during an eight-game point streak against Montreal.

"It was just a mistake, I should have used the boards," Petry said. "I thought that I saw where Mike (Reilly) was and put it right in the middle and I should have just sucked the forecheck in a little more and used an indirect instead of trying to make a direct pass."

Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber was struck on the left side of the face by a shot by Granlund at 5:53 of the first. The Montreal captain remained in the game through the end of the period but did not return for the second.

Weber went to the hospital for X-rays, which revealed no fracture. Canadiens coach Claude Julien could not confirm if he will play against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, though he will make the trip.

Minnesota forward Eric Fehr left and did not return after he fell into the boards when he was checked by Kenny Agostino, who got a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct at 2:28 of the first.

Boudreau had no update on Fehr's status after the game.

 

They said it

"I hope they think that if we've got a lead in the third they can shut it down. I mean, that's what confidence does for you. It's always different every game but that's what we've had to do for three straight games so hopefully it can continue one more time." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

"I think teams are doing a good (job) of boxing us out. I think we just need to get hungry around the net. And it always seems to be the same recipe, just get pucks towards the net and jam them in." -- Canadiens goalie Carey Price 

 

Need to know

The Wild's nine straight wins against Montreal tied their longest regular-season winning streak against one opponent. Minnesota went 9-0-0 against the Chicago Blackhawks from Jan. 20, 2006 to Jan. 11, 2008, and 9-0-0 against the Phoenix Coyotes from Nov. 24, 2006 to Nov. 13, 2008.

 

What's next

Wild: At the Boston Bruins on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-WI, NESN, FS-N, SN, NHL.TV)

Canadiens: At the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV)

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