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Zucker scores again, Wild blank Flyers

Forward gets sixth goal in three games, Dubnyk makes 32 saves for shutout

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Jason Zucker scored his sixth goal in three games for the Minnesota Wild, and Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves for his second consecutive shutout in a 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

 

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Nino Niederreiter created a turnover behind the Flyers net and banked a pass to defenseman Matt Dumba at the right point. Philadelphia forward Travis Konecny blocked Dumba's one-timer, and the puck bounced off the end boards to the left of the net for Zucker, whose low shot went in off goalie Brian Elliott at 1:08 of the third period.

"It had a lot of spin off the boards, so when it hit my stick, it just shot off and honestly I couldn't tell you what it hit," Zucker said. "Just a lucky bounce."

Zucker has scored the Wild's past six goals. He had two in a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday and got his first NHL hat trick in a 3-0 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

No other Wild player has scored as many as five straight goals in their history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I'd like somebody else to score a goal if that's OK," Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. "As long as he keeps getting them and we keep winning, we're going good. Been awhile since I've seen somebody get this many goals in a row for a team. As long as he's feeling it and we get a little bit of success, that's good."

Video: MIN@PHI: Dubnyk dives to corral Provorov's slap shot

Elliott made 26 saves for the Flyers (8-7-2), who went 0-for-3 on the power play and were shut out for the fourth time this season.

The Wild (7-7-2) and Flyers will play at Minnesota on Tuesday.

Dubnyk extended his shutout streak to 136:20, dating to the third period against the Maple Leafs. He made 41 saves against Montreal.

"[Dubnyk] was playing great again," Zucker said. "Looked like he did last game. He was steady, he was calm, and that's huge for us. When your goalie is like that back there, that's great. I think we're all fumbling the puck a little bit but knowing he's back there playing well is huge for us."

The Wild ended a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) against the Flyers, dating to Nov. 20, 2014.

Minnesota had 18 blocked shots, including three in the final minute when Elliott was pulled for an extra attacker.

"We got some chances, we just didn't bury them," Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds said. "Dubnyk played well. They played five guys packed in, in front of the net. We probably needed to pop a guy out or pop a guy up top or something like that. Thought we played a good game, just couldn't execute and get a puck in the net."

Video: MIN@PHI: Dubnyk makes back-to-back saves

 

Goal of the game

Zucker's goal at 1:08 of the third period.

Video: MIN@PHI: Zucker pots opening tally early in the 3rd

 

Save of the game

Dubnyk's glove save on Sean Couturier at 5:57 of the second period.

Video: MIN@PHI: Dubnyk snares Couturier's one-timer

 

Highlight of the game

Wild center Eric Staal blocked a shot by Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere with one second remaining.

Video: MIN@PHI: Staal denies Gostisbehere at the last second

 

They said it

"You've just got to stay with what you're doing. I know I've said it over and over, but it becomes more difficult as things kind of aren't going your way. You just try to stick with what you're doing, believe in your approach and your game and understand that it's worked for a long time and there's no reason that it's not going to work if you stick to it. Got to remind yourself that you're a good goalie. … I was really bad two games ago, it's nice that I'm back to being a good goalie again." -- Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk

 

"We couldn't find a rebound or a puck around the net to finish one. They got one, it's off our stick, off the back wall and they finished one of those. That's kind of the way the night was, both directions." -- Flyers coach Dave Hakstol

 

Need to know

The most consecutive goals for a team in NHL history is seven, held by Cy Denneny for the Ottawa Senators from Feb. 28-March 7, 1921, and Brian Noonan for the Chicago Blackhawks from Dec. 27-29, 1991, according to Elias. ... The Wild went 2-2-0 on their four-game road. … Minnesota was 18-for-19 on the penalty kill in its past seven games, including 3-for-3 Saturday. … Center Nolan Patrick and defenseman Andrew MacDonald are expected to practice Monday and travel with the Flyers for their two-game road trip, at the Wild on Tuesday and at the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. Patrick, the No. 2 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, has missed eight games because of an upper-body injury sustained Oct. 24. MacDonald has missed nine games because of a lower-body injury sustained Oct. 21. … Philadelphia was 1-for-16 on the power play in its past five games.

 

What's next

Wild: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, NBCSP+, NHL.TV)

Flyers: At the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, NBCSP+, NHL.TV)

 

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