The Colorado Avalanche have played three games against the Minnesota Wild during the 2014-15 season. Maybe one of these days they’ll even score a goal against them.
This time around, it was Devan Dubnyk shutting the door on the Avs, as Minnesota won 1-0 on Saturday.
Actually, come to think of it … Dubnyk’s been excellent at blanking opponents since putting on a Wild uniform. He’s now on a two-game shutout streak and has generated three goose eggs in the past four games. He also has four shutouts in his nine Wild games.
Shutouts aren’t the only way Dubnyk has been impressive, as he’s won five games in a row, only allowing three goals in that span. He’s generated a standings point in all but one start for the Wild.
Of course, there’s the flip side of that coin: the Avalanche are really struggling to score. While failing to net a single goal in three games against Minnesota is bad enough, NHL.com’s Rick Sadowski points out that the problems go deeper than just a tough matchup:
#Avs get shut out again 1-0, 6 periods in a row, blanked eight times this year, no goals 3 gms vs #Wild#Avalanche
Considering where the NHL standings sit, this disparity could very well be the difference between a playoff berth. That said, Minnesota might need some more Dubnyk magic to get all the way, as they still find themselves looking up at the West’s wild card teams.
For the first time since Jan. 9 and only the second time in 2015, the Toronto Maple Leafs won a hockey game.
They ended an 11-game losing streak on Saturday night, an accomplishment that probably won’t be tarnished by the fact that it came against the lowly Edmonton Oilers. At least, it probably won’t tarnish it for the Leafs’ players and executives, who must feel an incredible sense of relief right now.
(Brendan Shanahan looked that way when shown in the press box, at least.)
Fittingly, it was this close to being a perfect victory, but Luke Gadzic scored with seconds remaining to spoil James Reimer’s shutout bid. Still, a 5-1 victory prompted cheers from the home crowd.
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The Leafs would have to pull off a momentous run to make this more than a mere face-saving victory. Reimer seems to have some belief that Toronto can do just that:
This morning James Reimer said: "I know if we play like we can we'll win 10 in a row." Imagine that?
They have a long, long way to go for that to be anything more than wishful thinking. Still, a win’s a win, and this one was a fairly impressive one in that. At least after a pretty weak overall first period.
Lindy Ruff isn’t unfamiliar with the feeling of losing a frustrating game in Buffalo, but Saturday’s defeat had a uniquely irritating tint to it.
Ruff’s Dallas Stars lost to his former team the Buffalo Sabres – aka a squad that’s been called “historically inept” – by a score of 3-2 tonight. Worst yet, the Stars failed to even grab a standings point in overtime or via a shootout.
You’d think it was an ideal night to get a little confidence for befuddled backup Anders Lindback. That wasn’t the case, as the Sabres generated a 3-0 lead about six minutes into the second period, a lead that they were able to hold onto for the win.
Jhonas Enroth was one of the standouts, stopping 38 out of 40 shots. Chris Stewart continues to quietly heat up, too, grabbing an assist on all three goals.
It will go down as a bitter loss for Dallas any way you slice it, but don’t blame Tyler Seguin. He scored a goal and fired 10 shots on goal while winning more than half of his faceoffs. John Klingberg stood out too, generating two assists.
Seguin had 20 shot attempts, 10 shots on goal — and scored only once. #Sabres#Stars