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Wild top Lightning, 30th win for Devan Dubnyk

Mikko Koivu scores only goal of shootout; Andrei Vasilevskiy makes 37 saves

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Devan Dubnyk got his 30th win of the season for the Minnesota Wild, 2-1 in a shootout against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Xcel Energy Center on Friday.

Dubnyk made 26 saves and is 30-9-3 this season. He leads the NHL in wins and is tied for second in save percentage (.934) and goals-against average (1.96).

"[The wins], that's the most important [stat], definitely," Dubnyk said. "That's the one you want to be on the top of, and that's certainly a race I'll pay attention to more than the other stats. But, it's fun. It's been a great season so far, that way, with the feeling in the dressing room, with how much we've enjoyed this [winning] and don't want it to stop."

Wild center Mikko Koivu scored the only goal of the shootout. It was the second consecutive overtime game for Minnesota (36-12-6); it lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday.

 

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Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves for the Lightning (24-24-7).

"I thought he was outstanding," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "He battled, and that's what you want from your goaltenders. That's what they've been doing for us. Our goaltenders are giving us a chance to win the games."

Nino Niederreiter scored with 11 seconds left on a power play to put Minnesota up 1-0 at 14:31 of the second period. Niederreiter has three goals and two assists in the past three games, and 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in the past 15. It was Minnesota's first power-play goal since before the NHL All-Star break (Jan. 26).

Video: TBL@MIN: Niederreiter slides puck five-hole for PPG

Tampa Bay tied the game 1-1 at 17:16 of the second when Brayden Point deflected a shot past Dubnyk.

"Getting points is huge for us right now," Point said. "Anytime we can do that, we're happy. Obviously not satisfied, we want two points, but I think we played a better game [tonight]."

The Lightning, 5-9-3 in their past 17 games and 2-6-4 in their past 12 on the road, began a four-game trip.

The Wild, 12-3-1 in their past 16 games, are 5-3-1 in their past nine home games (18-6-1 this season). Minnesota leads the Central Division, five points ahead of the Blackhawks with two games in hand.

Video: TBL@MIN: Dubnyk denies multiple attempts in front

 
Goal of the game

Koivu deked Vasilevskiy before lifting a backhand for the shootout goal.

Video: TBL@MIN: Koivu dekes, flips in backhand for SO win

 
Save of the game

At the end of overtime, Vasilevskiy sprawled for a glove save on Granlund's backhand.

 

Unsung performance of the game

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman laid out for a blocked shot with 1:32 left in the second period to stop a scoring chance by Koivu.

 

Highlight of the game

Point deflected a shot by Jason Garrison to tie the game.

Video: TBL@MIN: Point threads a redirect through legs and in

 
They said it

"I think we played well enough to win this game, but it was a good game. Two teams played good hockey. Guess you could have tilted it either way. We definitely needed that extra point, but we couldn't pull it out, but that's how it goes in the shootout sometimes." -- Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman

 

"Their goalie's really good. It's a really good hockey team there, and I think they do a good job in the neutral zone. They're in your face all the time, so it was a hard game. They play fast. We had to work, it was tough." -- Wild forward Zach Parise

 

"I thought it felt like a playoff game from the start. They're a really good team. They're missing some guys. They've been there before. They're in their sense of urgency right now. They're playing really well." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 
Need to know

Lightning assistant Rick Bowness set a record for most NHL games coached (as coach or assistant) with 2,165, passing Scott Bowman. Bowness is in his fourth season with Tampa Bay and has coached with the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets. ... Pominville assisted on Niederreiter's goal, extending his point streak to four games. Pominville leads the NHL with 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) since Jan. 19 and has at least one point in 11 of the past 13 games.

 
What's next

Wild: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, NHL.TV)

Lightning: At the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN, SUN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Koivu's sweet SO goal lifts Wild past Lightning, 2-1

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