G Devan Dubnyk stopped all 17 shots faced to earn his first career playoff shutout as the Wild defeated the Blues, 3-0, in Game 3 of the series Monday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,165 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Jason Pominville, LW Zach Parise and RW Nino Niederreiter each scored for the Wild. The two teams will meet again in Saint Paul as Round 1 continues with Game 4 Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North (local), NBCSN (national) and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota holds a 2-1 series lead for just the second time in its nine all-time playoff series – previously 2008 Round 1 vs. Colorado (lost series 4-2).
The Wild moved to 5-4 all-time in Game 3’s and has won five straight dating back to a 3-2 overtime win in Colorado for Round 1’s in 2008. Minnesota has earned three shutouts in its last three Game 3’s over the past two postseasons, by a combined score of 8-0.
The Wild moved to 11-11 all-time in the postseason at Xcel Energy Center and is 6-1 in the last two postseasons on home ice.
Minnesota moved to 2-0 when scoring first this series. The Wild finished the regular season 35-6-4 when scoring first, including wins in 22 of its last 25 games where it netted the opening goal.
G Devan Dubnyk made 17 saves to earn his first career NHL playoff shutout. It marks the Wild’s third playoff shutout in franchise history, first since May 6, 2014 vs. CHI (Game 3 - Ilya Bryzgalov). He is 2-1-0 with a 1.67 GAA and a .922 SV% in three postseason games.
The Wild recorded zero penalties tying a playoff franchise record for fewest penalties in a game and a first on home ice.
Minnesota outshot St. Louis 24-17, including an 11-6 advantage in the second period. The Blues 17 shots against are tied for the third fewest allowed in a single playoff game in franchise history.
RW Jason Pominville used a goal and an assist to register his eighth career playoff multi-point game – second this series. He owns 13 points (4-9=13) in 18 playoff contests with the Wild.
LW Zach Parise recorded two points (1-1=2) to earn his 16th career playoff multi-point game – second this series. He leads the Wild with 62 points in 82 career playoff games.
C Mikael Granlund set a career high with four hits and tallied two assists to record his second career playoff multi-point game. He has 10 points (5-5=10) in 16 career playoff games.
RW Nino Niederreiter scored his first point of the postseason with an empty-net goal. He owns seven points (4-3=7) in 16 career playoff contests.
D Ryan Suter skated a game-high 25:04 TOI. The alternate captain has led every Wild player in TOI in all 21 playoff games during his three postseasons with Minnesota, and opponents in 19-of-21 (90.5%).
G Jake Allen stopped 21-of-24 shots to earn the loss.