For the second straight period, Devan Dubnyk would make the initial save just to have the rebound hop onto a Montreal Canadiens stick and have the puck hit the twine. Here’s where I’ll give Devan Dubnyk a break. Matt Dumba has to seal off Phillip Danault there. Rather than eliminate Danault’s great positioning, Dumba interferes more with Duby and restricts his ability to make a save.
Besides the point, the Minnesota Wild are down again. Have to get at least two goals for the win.
Carson Soucy and Marcus Foligno, in rapid succession, have spectacular high effort plays to make sure to deny shots from Canadiens, whether with a stick or the body. It feels like they’re playing to break a slump.
Ryan Donato, who quietly had a good game, missed from point-blank.
Carson Soucy, who has been one of the bright spots of this dim season thus far, made a spectacular effort to win possession of the puck behind Devan Dubnyk’s net and the Canadiens would take an offensive zone penalty.*
Early in the power play:
How perfect was that? Every player was involved. Staal did a great job on the faceoff dot, Kunin helped get the puck to Greenway who got the puck to the blue line. Dumba would fake his powerful shot and fed Brad Hunt the puck. Buried. Tied.
Less than five minutes, the Wild gained possession of the puck in their zone. A rush broke out. Most everyone figured that it wouldn’t result in anything. Probably just a dump in.
Wow. That’s perfect. And that pass.
The Minnesota Wild would close out the game and get their first victory at home this season. Weird to think it was only their second home game. Great way to start the homestand.
*MTL on a back-to-back. I’m sure you get the idea.*