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Dubnyk gets third straight shutout, Wild defeat Flyers

Makes 30 saves for sweep of home-and-home

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for the Minnesota Wild for his third consecutive shutout, a 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

"I feel confident in there," said Dubnyk, whose 195:05 shutout streak is a personal NHL high and Wild record. "The biggest key for me is just finding pucks and making sure my feet are set. That kind of trickles down into everything else as far as moving around and rebound control and all that stuff….And the guys were doing a good job of letting me see it and that certainly helps as well."

Nino Niederreiter scored early in the first period for the Wild (8-7-2), who have won three straight games and are 3-2-0 in their past five. Eric Staal and Jason Zucker each had an empty-net goal.

 

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Staal stripped the puck from Philadelphia defenseman Ivan Provorov in the left corner and made a backhand pass to Niederreiter, who beat goalie Brian Elliott from the left hash marks 12 seconds into the game to put Minnesota ahead 1-0.

Video: PHI@MIN: Dubnyk records third consecutive shutout

Staal scored an empty-net goal at 18:51 of the third period, and Zucker scored another at 19:23 to make it 3-0.

Zucker has scored seven times during a four-game goal streak. He scored all six goals for the Wild in their three previous games.

"I'm glad somebody else scored," Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. "All year, we talk about we're not a one-man team, we don't have Wayne Gretzky out there so we have to do everything by committee. The previous couple games, yeah, Zuck had great games, but we need contributions from everybody to succeed.

Dubnyk has 106 saves during his shutout streak, including 41 in a 3-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens last Thursday and 32 against the Flyers in a 1-0 win in the first of their home-and-home Saturday. He has not allowed a goal since 3:40 of the third period in a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs last Wednesday.

Video: PHI@MIN: Dubnyk stones Laughton's try with his pad

Dubnyk broke his own Wild record of 183:16 without allowing a goal, set over four games Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2016.

Elliott made 17 saves for the Flyers (8-8-2), who are 2-3-2 in their past seven games and have been shut out five times this season, most in the NHL.

"I thought we pressed hard, we defended well, and it's tough," Elliott said. "Sometimes when it rains, it pours when you can't score, and it's pouring on us a little bit right now."

 

Goal of the game

Niederreiter's snap shot 12 seconds into the game.

Video: PHI@MIN: Niederreiter capitalizes on early turnover

 

Save of the game

Dubnyk stopping Jakub Voracek's slap shot at 12:48 of the second.

Video: PHI@MIN: Dubnyk shuts the door on Voracek's one-timer

 

Highlight of the game

Dubnyk's save against Dale Weise on a breakaway at 5:23 of the third period.

Video: PHI@MIN: Dubnyk shuts the door on Weise's breakaway

 

They said it

"I liked our game, I liked our line combinations. … I think they got a jump early, but individually as a line we got some good looks and dominated play offensively. We had some Grade A chances, I had some Grade A chances myself, but we keep getting places, slots jammed, good things are going to happen. Give some credit to [Wild goalie Devan] Dubnyk, he's a good goaltender. They defend real well, but it's more about us. Good things are going to come if we keep playing that way." -- Flyers forward Dale Weise

 

"You don't get shutouts without those kinds of efforts, without backchecks and sticks and blocks. It just doesn't happen. There have been some really huge plays throughout the last three games that have allowed me to keep the puck out." -- Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk

 

Need to know

Flyers center Valtteri Filppula went 8-for-10 on face-offs (80 percent). … Minnesota is 21-for-22 on the penalty kill in the past eight games but 2-for-30 on the power play in the past 10.

 

What's next

Flyers: At the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

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

 

Video: Dubnyk, Wild shut down Flyers at home, 3-0

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