Minnesota used three first period goals en route to a 5-3 victory over Vancouver on Monday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,804 at Xcel Energy Center. C Jordan Schroeder, RW Jason Pominville, RW Nino Niederreiter, D Ryan Suter and C Kyle Brodziak each scored for the Wild as G Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves. Next up, Minnesota visits Winnipeg on Tuesday to face the Jets at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
The Wild has won six straight games in regulation for the first time since March 25, 2013. The six-game winning streak ties the fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history since Oct. 5-18, 2006. Minnesota has points in nine of its last 10 games, (8-1-1). The Wild also moves to a 17-10-4 record against the Western Conference this season, including seven straight wins.
The Wild outshot the Canucks, 32-25. Minnesota has outshot its opponents in 13 of its last 15 games, totaling a 500-394 advantage. The 500 shots since Jan. 6 rank second in the NHL. Overall, the Wild has outshot its opponents in 41-of-52 games this season (78.8%).
G Devan Dubnyk started his 10th consecutive game, extending his career-high winning streak to six games. Vancouver’s goal 10:18 into the first period ended his career-best shutout streak at 136:49. He is 8-1-0 with a 1.49 GAA, a .940 SV%, four shutouts and one assist in his 10 games with Minnesota. Since his first start with the Wild on Jan. 15, Dubnyk leads the league in shutouts, goals-against average, wins and second in save percentage amongst goalies with at least eight games played.
C Mikko Koivu registered a season-high three points with his 11th career three-assist game and 24th career three-point game – his second multi-point showing in the last three contests. He is two multi-point games (112) shy from topping Marian Gaborik for most in Wild history. He has 10 points (2-8=10) in his last 10 games and 31 points (8-23=31) in 52 games this season.
Facing his former team for the first time, C Jordan Schroeder scored his first goal in a Wild jersey and on the team’s first shot of the game. In his six games with Minnesota, he has one goal, two penalty minutes, 17 shots, four hits and two blocked shots.
C Charlie Coyle earned the primary assist on Schroeder’s goal, tallying points in back-to-back games (1-1=2). He has three points (2-1=3) in his last six games and 22 points (7-15=22) in 52 games this season. He ranks T-1st on the team with 93 hits.
D Ryan Suter netted his 58th career multi-point game with a goal and an assist in tonight’s game. He also skated a game-high 27:16, leading all skaters – Wild and opponent – in TOI in all but four of his 48 games this season (91.7%). His 26 assists this season rank second on Minnesota and T-10th in the NHL amongst defensemen.
RW Jason Pominville scored the Wild’s second goal of the game – his 10th goal of the year. He leads Minnesota with 29 assists and ranks first with 168 shots and second with 39 points this season.
LW Thomas Vanek tallied the primary assist on Pominville’s goal. He has seven points (3-4=7) in his last 10 games, 18 points (8-10=18) in his last 26 and ranks third with 32 points (10-22=32) in his first season with the Wild.
RW Nino Niederreiter netted the Wild’s third goal of the game. He has four points (2-2=4) in his last six games and 25 points (16-9=24) in 52 games this season, ranking third on the Wild in goals.
LW Zach Parise tallied the secondary assist on Suter’s goal. He has 10 points (7-3=10) in his last 10 games and points in 21 of his last 32 games, totaling 15-13=28 points in that span. He leads the team in both goals (21) and points (40) this season.
RW Zack Kassian, C Shawn Matthias and D Ryan Stanton each scored for Vancouver. G Ryan Miller made 13 saves in 25:11 while G Eddie Lack stopped all 14 shots faced in relief.