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Wilderness Walk: Tough night for Dubnyk, good night for Team USA

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Minnesota’s netminder seemed to be having a hard time tracking pucks in the Wild’s loss to Washington.

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Thursday night was not a great one for the Wild, which fell on home ice to the Washington Capitals by a score of 5-2, snapping their 13-game home point streak. Minnesota’s netminder, who had been playing exceptionally well in several games leading into last night’s contest, had a very tough evening between the pipes.

From the jump, it seemed like Devan Dubnyk was having a really hard time tracking pucks from afar. As the night went on, Doob’s struggles were confirmed as Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky each beat him cleanly for goals, and Alex Ovechkin continued to torment him by squeezing yet another puck between his pads with a blistering shot.

The score could have been far worse, had Dubnyk not been bailed out several times by his goalposts. As a goalie, some nights you have it, and some nights you don’t. Dubnyk usually has it. Last night he did not. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this was a one-off difficult performance, because the Wild doesn’t have time for a slump from its goaltender.

In better news, Team USA pulled off an important 2-1 victory over Slovakia last night in Pyeongchang. Harvard University standout Ryan Donato scored both goals for the Americans, who bounced back from a shocking upset to Slovenia in their opening game.

Leading us through today’s Walk is Guster, with a song about Dubnyk’s long night (not really, but the song is called Long Night).

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