G Anton Khudobin (who-DOH-bin) made 38 saves for his second NHL win in his first NHL start, and RW Cal Clutterbuck
and RW Owen Nolan scored a goal apiece, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in front of 18,640 at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota, which has points in its last nine home games (8-0-1), plays game three of a five-game homestand Wednesday against Phoenix at 7 p.m.
G Anton Khudobin tied a Wild season-high with 38 saves for his second NHL win, in his first NHL start. Khudobin played 9:33 in relief on Thursday to earn his first NHL win – the shortest time ever played in the NHL to record a first win, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Khudobin has allowed just one goal on 47 shots in his two NHL games.
RW Cal Clutterbuck
scored his 11th goal of the season to tie his career-high, set in his rookie season of 2008-09. Clutterbuck has two goals in the last four games.
RW Owen Nolan scored his 14th goal. Nolan has three points (2-1=3) in his last four games.
D Kim Johnsson posted an assist for the third straight game – a season-high.
C Eric Belanger had an assist, giving him 34 points this season (13-21=34) – three off his career-high, set in 2005-06 with LA and matched in 2007-08 with the Wild. Belanger has 11 points (4-7=11) in his last 14 games.
The Wild has scored first in six of its last seven games. This comes after a stretch where the Wild allowed the first goal in 24 of 32 games.
The Wild is 19-9-4 in one-goal games – one off the NHL lead for one-goal wins (Phoenix, Los Angeles). Minnesota had 19 one-goal wins the entire 2008-09 season.
Minnesota defeated Philadelphia for the first time in five meetings dating back to a 2-0 home victory Feb. 12, 2003.
The Wild is 8-3-3 against the Eastern Conference this season, including a 5-1-0 record against the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia is
1-4-0 against the Northwest Division.
Minnesota wore its new third jersey for the 11th time this season. The Wild is 7-1-1 at home and 0-2-0 on the road while wearing its green sweaters this year. Minnesota will wear the jerseys a total of 15 games this season.
Minnesota allowed 17 shots in the first period – its most at home in the first stanza this season.