ST. PAUL, Minn.—Matt Dumba and the Minnesota Wild will take a hard-fought win over sloppy play any time.
Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Dumba scored a power-play goal, as the Wild nipped the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 last night.
The Wild came into the game on a bit of a skid—having gone 2-4-2 in their last eight games.
But buoyed by a 2-1 win at Chicago on Tuesday night, Minnesota turned in another strong defensive effort in front of Dubnyk.
“It’s been awesome to see the boys bear down and get two solid wins, and kind of get this thing back on track,” noted Dumba.
James Reimer stopped 27 shots for the Leafs, who outshot Minnesota 13-0 over a 16-minute stretch spanning the first and second periods.
They even held the Wild without a shot through almost two full power plays.
But with nine seconds left in the second man advantage, Dumba finally got a shot on net—scoring the lone goal.
“I liked the mentality of the goal we scored,” said Wild coach Mike Yeo.
“Winning battles down low and then just a quick-shot mentality.”
Toronto appeared to have tied the game with four minutes to go when Peter Holland pounced on a loose puck in front of the net and slipped it past Dubnyk.
But Yeo challenged the call, arguing that Holland was offside when the Leafs gained the zone.
Video replay confirmed Holland’s skate was just over the blueline as Byron Froese carried the puck across.
“When it happened, I thought about [being offside],” said Holland. “But once I scored, I completely forgot about it, as you do.
“When I got back to the bench, they said they were going upstairs and then, obviously, it came back to me.”
The Leafs were coming off a 6-1 dumping in Winnipeg on Wednesday so even in a loss they showed signs of bouncing back.
“I thought we both played great. It was one of those games where we just couldn’t find a way to score,” said Reimer.
“They got that one on the [power play] and then they were able to hang on. . . .
“If we keep playing like that and that hard, we’re bound to score goals and win games.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Washington beat Montreal 3-2, Ottawa edged Chicago 4-3 (OT), and Dallas doubled Vancouver 4-2.
Colorado nipped the N.Y. Rangers 2-1, New Jersey beat Carolina 5-1, Detroit dumped Arizona 5-1, and Florida shaded Nashville 2-1.