Minnesota scored three goals in the second period en route to a 6-2 victory over New Jersey on Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,034 at Xcel Energy Center. LW Thomas Vanek scored twice while LW Sean Bergenheim, RW Chris Stewart and D Jared Spurgeon also netted a goal. G Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves. Next up, Minnesota hosts its final match of the three-game homestand with Anaheim on Friday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild’s 37-23-7 record and 81 points this season are the most points Minnesota has ever had through Game 67 in team history. The Wild has posted points in 21 of its last 25 games (19-4-2) and an NHL-best 35 points (17-3-1) in 21 games since the All-Star Break. Minnesota has points in 24-of-33 (72.7%) games at Xcel Energy Center this season (19-9-5), including eight wins in the last 10 home games.
Minnesota moves to a 15-10-2 record against Eastern Conference opponents this season, including six straight wins. The Wild has also won eight of its last nine contests (8-1-0) against the East.
RW Chris Stewart netted his 62nd career multi-point game with a goal and an assist tonight. He has four points (2-2=4) in five games with Minnesota since being acquired March 2. He owns nine points (4-5=9) in nine games against the Devils and has 29 points (13-16=29) in 66 games this season between the Sabres and the Wild.
With a goal and an assist in tonight’s game, D Jared Spurgeon earned his 12th career multi-point game – third this season. He has four points (1-3=4) in his last five games and owns 20 points (8-12=20) in 52 games this year despite missing 15 total games due to upper-body injuries and illness.
LW Zach Parise tallied two assists to earn his 130th career multi-point game. He has six points (1-5=6) and a plus-5 rating in his last four games. He leads Minnesota in goals (26) and points (52) this season. Of his 60 games this year, he has registered at least one point in 34 contests – 14 of those being multi-point games. He owns five assists in four games against his former team.
LW Thomas Vanek scored his 50th career multi-goal game and has three goals in his last two games – first time this season he has scored in back-to-back matches. He ranks third on the Wild with 42 points (16-26=42) in his first season with Minnesota.
C Mikko Koivu registered the sole primary assist on Stewart’s goal and won 13-of-17 faceoffs (76.5%). The captain ranks third amongst all NHL players with 831 faceoff wins this season and 12th with a 55.4% faceoff win percentage. He has 13 points (3-10=13) in his last 18 games and ranks fourth on the team with 39 points (10-29=39) this season.
LW Sean Bergenheim scored his first point, a goal, in a Minnesota sweater. He has 19 points (9-10=19) in 46 games this season with the Panthers and the Wild.
In his 200th career NHL start, G Devan Dubnyk earned his 19th win in a Wild jersey. He is 19-4-1 with a 1.67 GAA, .937 SV%, five shutouts and two assists in a franchise record 25 starts with Minnesota. He has allowed two goals or less in 19 of those 25 contests. He ranks first in the NHL in wins, T-1st in shutouts, T-2nd in GAA and third in SV% since Jan. 15 amongst goalies with at least 10 games played.
LW Dainius Zubrus and C Scott Gomez scored for New Jersey. G Corey Schneider stopped 25-of-30 shots in 41:30 while G Keith Kinkaid made seven saves in relief.