The Minnesota Wild and Devan Dubnyk just keep rolling. They rolled into Raleigh on the second half of a back-to-back and took care of business, winning 3-1 on goals by Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, and Zach Parise. Dubnyk, who made 25 saves in Washington versus the Capitals, got the call again and stopped 37 shots.
The first period opened up with both teams getting chances, but with Minnesota having the better of the opportunities. At the 11 minute mark of the first Charlie Coyle got the Wild on the board first. Coyle collected a pass from Nino Niederreiter in the slot and put the puck over Anton Khudobin's glove. Since Coyle was moved to the third line center, his play has dramatically improved. being teamed up with Niederreiter as well is paying dividends as that line has been playing well. The goal came just seconds after the Wild power play expired, so it was not a power play goal on the best penalty killing team in the NHL. The Wild finished the period with the edge in shots.
The second period was...um...shall we say, hideous by the Wild. The Hurricanes could have easily been up by four goals had Dubnyk been off his game. Carolina tilted the ice into the Wild's zone. Then Jonas Brodin, with and ill-timed pinch-in, got stuck deep and it ended up with a 2-on-1 the other way. Ryan Suter committed to Jeff Skinner, the puck carrier, and Skinner shuffled the puck to Riley Nash for the equalizer. Minnesota finished the first 40 minutes with just 12 shots on goal.
The Wild must have taken a couple Red Bulls or AMPs and came out of the locker room with more bounce in their step. The Parise - Granlund - Jason Pominville line had good pressure and zone time. The puck was eventually dropped to Granlund in the left circle. Granlund made a nice toe-drag of the puck to avoid a stick check by a Cane defender and shot the puck towards the net where Pominville was headed. The puck deflected off a stick and in to the net behind Khudobin. A little less than two minutes later, Parise hammered home a juicy rebound off of a Pominville shot from the high slot. It was Parise's 26th goal of the season and first in a few games to finally get off the Schneid.
It was nice to see the PAP line get some good pressure and get rewarded with a couple goals. That line hadn't looked good for a few games now as they've been bad in the possession metrics.
The Wild held on to the 3-1 lead for the win. The Wild will now come home to face the Avalanche on Sunday.