Minnesota set a franchise record scoring six goals in the third period en route to a 6-2 victory over Dallas on Sunday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,754 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Zach Parise scored twice for the Wild as C Mikko Koivu, LW Stephane Veilleux, D Matt Dumba and C Mikael Granlund also scored. G Devan Dubnyk made 18 saves. Next up, Minnesota hosts Edmonton for the final meeting of the season between the two teams on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild now sits at 31-21-7 record (69 points) and is in a playoff spot for the first time since Nov. 24 (T-8th). The Wild’s six goals scored in the third period set a franchise record for most goal ever in a single period. Minnesota has earned points in 15 of its last 17 games (13-2-2). Minnesota has allowed a league-best 27 total goals while going 13-2-2 in its 17 games since Jan. 15.
The Wild has points in 22-of-29 (75.9%) games at Xcel Energy Center this season (17-7-5), including six straight wins. Minnesota is 20-11-5 against the West, earning points in 11 of its last 12 games (10-1-1) and has earned points in 14-of-19 games against the Central this season (10-5-4).
Dallas’s power-play goal 14:33 into the second period snapped Minnesota’s perfect penalty kill at 32 straight, two shy of the franchise record 34 straight. The Wild leads the NHL in penalty kill percentage since Jan. 27 (13 games) posting a 32-for-33 penalty kill percentage (97.0%).
C Mikael Granlund recorded his second career three-point game (1-2=3). He has six points (1-5=6) in his last five games and has 24 points (6-18=24) in 45 games this season.
LW Zach Parise registered his 39th career multi-goal game, extending his team lead in goals to 25. He has points in 12 of the last 17 games, totaling 16 points (11-5=16) in that span, also totaling 34 points (19-15=34) in his last 39 games. He leads the Wild in goals, power-play goals (8), points (46) and ranks second in shots (176) in 52 games this year.
D Jonas Brodin has a career best four-game point streak with four assists. He has 11 points (2-9=11) in 48 games this season. He leads the Wild with a plus-17 rating this year – T-8th amongst NHL defensemen.
D Christian Folin earned his first career NHL multi-point game with two assists on the night. He has three helpers in his last two games and has nine points (1-8=9) in 31 games this season.
C Mikko Koivu tallied Minnesota’s second goal, his 10th of the season. He has four points (2-2=4) in his last three contests and 12 points (2-9=12) in his last 10 games. He ranks T-3rd on the team with 38 points (10-28=38) this season.
RW Justin Fontaine registered the secondary assist on Parise’s goal. He has six points (3-3=6) in his last five games and nine points (4-5=9) in his last 14 games. He owns 19 points (7-12=19) in 49 games this season.
LW Stephane Veilleux netted the Wild’s third goal of the night - his first goal this season. It’s his first game-winning goal since Dec. 23, 2008 vs. CAR. He has two points (1-1=2) this season, all since being recalled on Feb. 11.
D Matt Dumba scored his first power-play goal of the season. He has two goals in his last three games and eight points (4-4=8) in 35 games this year. He ranks T-3rd amongst NHL rookie defensemen with four goals.
D Marco Scandella tallied the first assist on Veilleux’s goal. It’s his third helper in the last five games and sixth in the last 10 games. He extends his career high with 20 points (9-11=20) in 50 games this season.
G Devan Dubnyk has started all of the Wild’s 17 games since the trade and has stopped 397-of-424 shots faced. He is 13-2-1 with a 1.64 GAA, a .936 SV% and five shutouts with Minnesota. He has allowed two goals or less in 12 of those 17 contests. He ranks first in the NHL in wins and shutouts, second in GAA and third in SV% amongst goalies with at least eight games played.
C Jason Spezza scored both goals for Dallas and G Jhonas Enroth made 29 saves.