ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Charlie Coyle scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 shots for his fourth shutout in nine starts with Minnesota, leading the Wild to a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
With just over 5 minutes left in the third period, Dubnyk turned away five Colorado shots on a power play to preserve the lead as Wild fans chanted “Dooooob” for their recently-acquired goalie.
One of those five shots was a wrister by Matt Duchene that sneaked between Dubnyk’s legs, but Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin swiped it out before it crossed the line.
Since being acquired from Arizona rade from Arizona on Jan. 14, Dubnyk is 7-1 with a 1.30 goals-against average to help the Wild climb back into the playoff race.
Minnesota outshot Colorado 17-4 in the first period and has won five straight in regulation for the first time since March 25, 2013.
Colorado hasn’t won in Minnesota since Jan. 11, 2014, and has been shut out in all three of the teams’ meetings this season.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, who was 9-5-2 over his previous 17 games, stopped 28 shots and made several great saves during Minnesota’s early onslaught to keep his team in it.
But Varlamov wasn’t able to stop Coyle from scoring his seventh goal at 11:21 of the first on a tip-in of Marco Scandella’s slap shot.
When the first period ended, Minnesota had attempted 34 shots, Colorado six.
Having Tyson Barrie in the lineup probably would have helped slow the Wild down. The Colorado defenseman and team assists leader missed his second straight game with a hip injury.
NOTES: Barrie is on the road trip and skated on his own Saturday morning, but was held out of the game. … Minnesota G Darcy Kuemper allowed five goals on 26 shots in the final start of his conditioning stint with AHL Iowa on Saturday and is expected to rejoin the Wild on Monday. … Wild D Justin Fontaine missed his third game with a groin injury and rookie D Christian Folin was a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game.
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