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Postgame Hat Trick: Predators 5, Wild 2

Three-goal outburst early in the third lifts Nashville on Opening Night at Bridgestone Arena

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-2 loss against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday night:

1. It's only Opening Night, but Devan Dubnyk laid down a save of the year candidate.

Like he did two years ago in Detroit, Dubnyk put a highlight-reel save out there for a national television audience to witness. 

This time, he robbed a former teammate, Mikael Granlund, with a sprawling, windmill glove save that had the one-time Wild winger in disbelief. 

Video: MIN@NSH: Dubnyk lays out to rob Granlund with glove

Seriously, folks... this should have been an easy goal, but out of nowhere, Dubnyk stacked the pads and snapped the puck out of mid-air with the glove. 

Moments after the save, cameras caught Dubnyk grinning under his mask. Have to wonder if Granny whispered something to him as he went back to the bench.

2. The Wild awoke from its slumber in a 43-second span in the second period.

Minnesota struggled to get much of anything going until the latter stages of the second, when a too many men on the ice penalty by the Predators got the Wild going.

First, it was Jason Zucker -- rather Jason Zucker's sleeve -- that tied the game at 1-1, when Brad Hunt's point shot deflected off a Predators stick, then off the sweater of Zucker on its way to the top left corner of the net.

Video: MIN@NSH: Zucker nets PPG for equalizer

Less than a minute later, Matt Dumba corralled a loose puck and escorted it to the top of the slot and the right circle, whistling a shot past Pekka Rinne to give Minnesota the lead. 

Video: MIN@NSH: Dumba goes top shelf to take the lead

It's a good sign for Dumba, who led all NHL defensemen with 12 goals when he went down for the season with a torn pectoral muscle in mid-December. He, apparently, has picked up right where he left off.

3. Unfortunately for the Wild, the lead was short lived.

Just 27 seconds into the third period, Granlund got his revenge, deflecting a point shot through Dubnyk. 

Things went downhill after that.

Less than two minutes later, Austin Watson re-established the Predator lead when he tipped a shot from his back side through the wickets of Dubnyk. 

Nashville went up a pair at 7:32 of the third when Viktor Arvidsson pounced on a rebound in the slot. 

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