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Wilderness Walk: Duby Does It

A 41-save shutout was just what Dubnyk—and the Wild—so badly needed.

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That one felt really important, didn’t it? There are a lot of things to be happy about after Minnesota’s win last night on the second of back-to-backs, but above all else, seeing Devan Dubnyk play Dubnykian goalie for the first time this season was incredibly refreshing. Like so many others in his position, he is streaky. When he’s off, he gives up fluky-looking goals and gets beaten regularly from the outside. This is the Dubnyk we had seen almost every night before last night’s game in Montreal, when he was razor sharp from the opening face-off to the final siren (they don’t use a horn at Bell Centre, because they’re French Canadians).

In past seasons, when Dubnyk has had a couple games in a row where he has really turned in solid performances, he’s gone on some incredible runs of dominant hockey. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Dubnyk’s 41-save shutout (with the help of two negated goals) is the start of something enormous, because the Wild desperately needs it right now.

Since Minnesota now turns its attention to the City of Brotherly Love, Sir Elton John takes us through today’s Walk with a special little ditty about the home of the Flyers. This is an amazing video, by the way.

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