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Avalanche Still Can't Score Against the Wild; Wild win 1-0

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It is now five wins in a row for the Wild as they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 in regulation Saturday night. The Wild needed just one goal to beat the Semyon Varlamov and the rest of the Avs as Devan Dubnyk recorded his fourth shutout as a member of the Wild.

Minnesota came out firing in the first period and were just flat-out dominant. They limited the Avs to just four shots on goal all period as the Wild peppered the hell out of Varlamov for 17. Varlamov had to be good just to stay in the game. With a couple great glove saves here and a couple robberies there, the Avalanche netminder was absolutely stellar. it took a Howitzer of a shot by Marco Scandella that got deflected by Charlie Coyle for the game's only goal.

It was Coyle's seventh of the season and Scandella's eighth assist. Nino Niederreiter was credited with the second assist on the goal.

The Wild would continue to pressure the Avs the rest of the period.

In the second period, the Avalanche started to push back against the Wild. Although, the two teams split 10 total shots down the middle, Dubnyk was there to stop all the shots that came his way. Niederreiter took the only penalty of the period after he slashed the stick out of john Mitchell's hands.

Fans were hoping the Wild came out for the third period with slightly more jump than they did the second period. Mikael Granlund drew an ealry period power play after he found himself on 2-on-0 rush with Zach Parise only to be tackled by Jan Hejda, negating the scoring chance. Unable to score, the Wild did get some good zone time and more shots on goal. But come the third period, you know if the game is within two goals, Colorado head coach is going to pull his goalie with a lot of time left to try and get the equalizer.

Varlamov was pulled with 1:49 remaining, and the Avs started to apply some pressure. Dubnyk had to be solid. he also needed some help as a shot squirted through his five hole, but Jonas Brodin swept the puck away to safety. Wild players were dropping to block shots and Dubnyk stood tall the final minute for the shutout. Not only was it his fourth shutout since joining the Wild, it was his second consecutive shutout.

Minnesota is now 7-1-1 since they acquired Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes on January 14.

Wild now look to Monday evening when they play host to the Canucks. The Wild last beat the Canucks at Rogers Center just three games ago.