Dubnyk stops 25 shots as Wild beat Coyotes 3-1Posted: Updated:
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots against his former team, and Jason Zucker and Zach Parise both scored their 16th goal of the season to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Saturday night.
Charlie Coyle also scored for the Wild (20-19-5), who won their second straight after dropping seven of eight.
Dubnyk faced 26 shots three days after being traded to Minnesota. The lone blemish came when Antoine Vermette scored his 11th goal of the season at 13:47 of the second period on a rebound that hit the post.
That ended Dubnyk's shutout streak with Minnesota at 93 minutes, 26 seconds. The 28-year-old goalie stopped all 18 shots he faced in his Wild debut in Thursday's win at Buffalo.
Mike Smith had 29 saves for the Coyotes, who started their franchise-high, eight-game road trip by dropping their fourth in a row.
Coyle gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead at 13:35 of the first period on a pretty pass from Nino Niederreiter, just as the Wild's second power play expired. Niederreiter cut to the net and pushed the puck to a streaking Coyle, who beat Smith to the glove side.
Zucker scored on a breakaway in the second on a nice backhand that made it 2-0 and extended his career-best goals tally. Parise added an empty-net goal with less than a minute to play.
NOTES: Dubnyk allowed nine goals in his final two games with the Coyotes, both losses. ... Coyotes captain Shane Doan missed his second game because of a lower-body injury. ... Wild D Marco Scandella returned to the lineup after missing five games. Scandella took a puck to the head on Jan. 6 against San Jose. ... The game concluded the ninth-annual Hockey Day Minnesota, which included three outdoor high school games and the University of Minnesota men's team against Wisconsin. The Wild are 7-1-1 on Hockey Day Minnesota, including six-straight wins.
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