Minnesota earned a 3-2 shootout victory over Ottawa on Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,054 at Xcel Energy Center. C Charlie Coyle netted the shootout winner while D Matt Dumba scored twice for the Wild. G Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves through overtime and three-of-five shootout attempts. Next up, Minnesota travels for a two-game road trip with its first stop in Washington on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild has points in 23-of-31 (74.2%) games at Xcel Energy Center this season (18-8-5), including seven wins in the last eight home games. Minnesota has earned points in 18 of its last 21 games (16-3-2) and has 29 points (14-2-1) in 17 games since the All-Star Break.
Minnesota registers its third consecutive win against an Eastern Conference opponent, moving to a 5-1-0 record in the last six games and posting a 12-10-2 overall record against the East this season. The Wild snaps a four-game home losing streak against the Senators, recording its first win in Saint Paul since March 16, 2004 and moves to a 2-4-2 overall home record vs. Ottawa.
The Wild has scored the game’s first goal in 14 of its last 17 contests and 16 of its last 21 games. The Wild is 28-6-3 when scoring first this season and has won 15 of its last 16 games where it has scored first.
Minnesota killed all four of Ottawa’s power-play opportunities, posting a 47-for-48 penalty kill percentage (97.9%) in its last 17 games. The Wild leads the NHL in penalty kill percentage since Jan. 27.
D Matt Dumba earned his first career NHL multi-goal game and has four goals in the last seven games. He also set a career high with five shots on goal. He has 10 points (6-4=10) in 39 games this season and ranks third amongst NHL rookie defensemen in goals.
C Mikael Granlund tallied his 14th career multi-point game, his fourth since Feb. 1, using two assists in tonight’s game. He has three helpers in the last two games, nine points (1-8=9) in his last nine games and 12 points (2-10=12) in 17 contests since surgery.
G Devan Dubnyk set a franchise record making his 21st consecutive start. He is 16-3-1 with a 1.65 GAA, a .937 SV%, five shutouts and two assists with Minnesota. He has allowed two goals or less in 16 of his 21 contests. He ranks first in the NHL in wins and shutouts, fourth in GAA and fifth in SV% amongst goalies with at least eight games played.
In his Wild debut, RW Chris Stewart registered the primary assist on Dumba’s second goal. He has 26 points (11-15=26) in 62 games this season.
D Jordan Leopold also made his Wild debut, becoming the 21st Minnesotan to ever play in a game with the Wild. He skated 17:19, tallying two shots and four blocked shots.
C Charlie Coyle netted the shootout winning goal. He has two assists in his last four games and has 26 points (7-19=26) in 63 games this season. He ranks second on the Wild in hits (99).
C Mika Zibanejad and RW Bobby Ryan each scored for Ottawa. G Andrew Hammond made 36 saves through overtime and two-of-five shootout attempts.