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Road-weary Jets fall


ST. PAUL, Minn.—Devan Dubnyk has been one of the best goalies in the NHL lately.

Good thing for the Minnesota Wild, too, because they haven’t provided him with much offence.

Dubnyk got a little more help last night as the Wild earned a 3-1 victory over the road-weary Winnipeg Jets.

Mikko Koivu, Jonas Brodin, and Zach Parise scored for Minnesota, which has totalled just eight goals while going 2-2-1 in their last five games.

It was only the second time in 10 games that the Wild scored at least three.

“We were able to get enough,” noted Parise, whose empty-net goal secured the win.

“It’s kind of been the same story: Devan played really well.”

Dubnyk made 15 saves and has allowed only 13 goals in his last 11 games since Oct. 25—stopping 319 of 332 shots for a 1.20 GAA and .961 save percentage.

Among goalies to play at least eight games this season, he leads the NHL with a 1.55 GAA, .948 save percentage, and four shutouts.

Yet he has just eight wins in 15 starts.

Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg, which is 0-4 on a five-game road trip—its longest of 2016-17.

The Jets have been outscored 15-5 during their worst slide of the season.

“I thought we played with the puck in their zone quite a bit, created some really good looks that their goalie made some big saves on,” Wheeler said.

“The bounces didn’t go our way.”

“We were just about an inch shy on just about everything that happened for us tonight,” echoed Jets’ coach Paul Maurice.

Dubnyk slid across the crease to rob Morrissey with five minutes to go in the first period, and also stopped Mark Scheifele in front in the opening minute of the second.

“He’s had too many of those big saves lately,” noted Zucker. “That means we’re having defensive breakdowns.

“But we know that he’s back there and he’s going to give us those saves when we need him,” he added.

Elsewhere in the NHL, New Jersey topped Toronto 5-4, Calgary blanked Columbus 2-0, Vancouver beat Arizona 4-1, and Edmonton doubled Colorado 6-3.

Pittsburgh dumped the N.Y. Rangers 6-1, Detroit edged Buffalo 2-1 (SO), Washington nipped St. Louis 4-3, Tampa Bay beat Philadelphia 4-2, Nashville downed Dallas 5-2, San Jose shaded Chicago 2-1, and L.A. doubled the N.Y. Islanders 4-2.

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