Minnesota registered three second period goals en route to a 6-3 victory over St. Louis on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 19,204 at Xcel Energy Center. RW Chris Stewart, LW Thomas Vanek, LW Zach Parise, D Jonas Brodin, RW Justin Fontaine and C Mikko Koivu each scored a goal for the Wild. G Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves. Next up, Minnesota travels for its third set of back-to-back games this month beginning in Toronto on Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota has sold out all 36 home games this season and 67 straight games, including last year’s playoff games. The Wild has points in 25-of-36 (69.4%) games at Xcel Energy Center this season (20-11-5), including nine wins in the last 13 home games. Minnesota leads the NHL with a 22-6-2 record since Jan. 15 and has an NHL-best 41 points (20-5-1) in 26 games since the All-Star Break.
Today’s game marked the 12th time Minnesota has tallied at least five goals in a single game this season. The Wild ranks first in the NHL with 93 goals since Jan. 15 and second in goals scored in the third period since Feb. 22 with 21.
RW Justin Fontaine recorded three points (1-2=3) for his second career three-point game (last, his hat trick 1/9/14). It also marks his fourth multi-point game in his last 18 contests, totaling 14 points (5-9=14) in that span. He has 27 points (9-18=27) in 61 games this season.
D Jonas Brodin scored the Wild’s fourth goal and tallied an assist on Parise’s goal, earning his fourth career multi-point game – second in the last seven games. He owns 16 points (3-13=16) in 61 games this season. He leads the Wild with a plus-19 rating, ranking T-7th amongst NHL defensemen.
LW Thomas Vanek scored the Wild’s second goal, extending his point streak to a Wild-best seven games (5-3=8). He ranks third on the Wild with 47 points (18-29=47) and fourth in assists in his first season with Minnesota.
LW Zach Parise tallied the Wild’s third goal of the game. He has 10 points (3-7=10) in his last nine games and 26 points (14-12=26) in his last 30 games. He leads Minnesota in goals (28), points (56), PPG (9) and ranks second in shots (222) this season. His 28 goals rank T-10th amongst all NHL players this year.
RW Chris Stewart netted the game’s opening goal, his 14th of the season. He has six points (3-3=6) in 10 games with Minnesota since being acquired March 2. He has 16 points (9-7=16) in 13 career contests against the Blues and 31 points (14-17=31) in 71 matches this year.
D Ryan Suter recorded two assists for his 59th career multi-point game – seventh this season. He has three helpers in his last three games and owns 35 points (2-33=35) in 68 games this year. His 33 assists lead Minnesota and rank T-13th amongst NHL defensemen.
C Charlie Coyle registered two assists on the day to earn his 11th career multi-point game – sixth this season. He has seven points (3-4=7) in his last eight games and 33 points (10-23=33) in 72 contests this season.
C Mikael Granlund tallied the secondary assist on Parise’s goal, earning his third assist in the last two games. He has nine points (1-8=9) in his last 11 games and 33 points (7-26=33) in 58 games this season.
G Devan Dubnyk moves to 22-6-1 with a 1.77 GAA, a .935 SV% and five shutouts in 30 starts with Minnesota. Overall, he ranks T-3rd in the NHL in GAA (2.12), fourth in SV% (.927) and T-4th in shutouts (6) in his 49 games (46 starts) this season.
RW Vladimir Tarasenko, LW Jaden Schwartz and C Paul Stastny each scored for St. Louis. G Brian Elliott stopped 12-of-16 shots in 24:05 of play while G Jake Allen made 10 saves in relief.