Dubnyk’s Third Straight Shutout Drives Wild to Another Win

USATSI_9641587_154158418_lowresIn case you haven’t noticed, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk is playing some great hockey.

On Saturday night, the 30-year-old picked up his third shutout in a row with a 4-0 victory over the Dallas Stars. It was also the 22nd shutout of his career.

Dubnyk is now 5-1-1 on the year, with a .952 save percentage and a 1.43 goals against average. His three shutouts have come against the Stars, Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins. He hasn’t allowed a goal since last Saturday, to put it in perspective.

Dubnyk said nerves almost got the better of him as time ticked away on Saturday.

“Usually when it gets to a 4-0 game you’re happy with the win and if the shutout happens, great. But you don’t really get nervous,” he said. “That was probably the first time I started to get a little nervous toward the end of a 4-0 game. But it’s fun.”

Indeed, the Wild seem to be having a lot of fun right now. They’re 6-2-1 and have been spreading the scoring around like no other team at the moment. 18 players have come up with the team’s 32 goals.

Defenceman Ryan Suter is leading the charge with 10 points in nine games, including three goals. He’s picking up plenty of ice time, too, and almost played a full half hour against the New Jersey Devils on October 22.

Eric Staal, Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker all have seven points, with Staal’s four goals leading the club. 24-year-old Zucker has been particularly impressive, especially after a three-point performance against the Boston Bruins October 25.

Zach Parise has six points in eight games, but he’s the only other Wild skater beside Marco Scandella to post a minus-rating. Both players were absent from Saturday’s action and are listed as week-to-week with injuries.

But it’s Dubnyk who’s really turning heads in Minnesota and the State of Hockey seems assured of some excellent play for a while to come.

“I don’t know if he can do it for 73 more games, but right now he’s doing very well,” said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau.

Indeed, he is.

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