The Wild’s newest and greatest is set for his first NHL start
Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made his first start since March 9 when he shut out the Buffalo Sabres.
The 28-year-old made 30 saves, which is tied for the third-best mark of his career, as the Wild defeated the Sabres 6-2.
Dubnyks first NHL goal came on a power play early in the second period.
He made a quick transition to the net and was able to finish with a powerful shot to the top of the left circle.
In addition to the game-winning goal, Dubnyck also stopped all 12 shots he faced.
“He made a good save in the first, and he made a great save in front of the net in the third,” Wild head coach Mike Yeo said.
“He was able not to get too caught up in it and it was great to see him make that save.”
The Wild are hoping Dubnykt will play more games to earn his spot in the NHL starting lineup.
Dubnyk is coming off his best season to date and will be hoping to keep his spot.
His goal came against a Sabres team that was in a tight race with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dubyks goal was his first since March 8 and came with just over a minute remaining in the game.
This game will be played in Buffalo, NY, but the Wild are still expected to play a game in Minnesota in a couple weeks.
If Dubnykk is able to keep the job, he will become the fourth goaltender in Wild history to start all 16 games.
Wild goaltender Devane Dubnyka is one of the NHL’s all-time greats.
He was the first goalie to record 30 wins in a season when he did it in 1984-85.
He went on to become the NHL all-star twice, in 1994-95 and 1996-97.
There are three teams that are in a battle for the Wild’s first seed in the Western Conference: Colorado Avalanche (16), New York Rangers (15), and Los Angeles Kings (12).
Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly scored his first goal of the season and assisted on Ryan Miller’s first goal.
New York Rangers forward Jakub Voracek scored his third goal of his NHL career and assisted Alex Ovechkin’s third goal.
The Rangers led the NHL in scoring with an impressive 24 goals.
The Kings scored 22, but missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
San Jose Sharks forward Alex Killorn scored his second goal of a career to give the Sharks their first lead of the night.
Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll scored his fourth goal of season and finished with three assists.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Kevin Fiala made 33 saves in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Wild.
Fiala was perfect in net for the win.
Buffalo’s Ryan Ollie made 33 save in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
The Wild improved to 12-7-0 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
It was the Wild second win in five games.
They lost 2-0 to the Los Angeles Blues in their first round playoff series on Wednesday.