It was nice while it lasted.
Devan Dubnyk, the NHL’s reigning first star of the week, came into Monday against Vancouver action riding a shutout streak of 126 minutes and 39 seconds — one that got all the way to 136:57 before Zack Kassian scored his fourth of the season midway through the opening period:
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) February 10, 2015
Dubnyk’s streak began, ironically enough, against this same Vancouver squad. Back on Super Bowl Sunday, he surrendered a goal to Daniel Sedin with under seven minutes left in the final period, then posted back-to-back shutouts against Chicago and Colorado.
Kassian’s goal didn’t do much to slow down the red-hot Wild, however. They raced out to a 3-1 lead in the first period on the strength of goals from Jordan Schroeder, Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter.