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Wild end street journey with 3-0 shutout over Vancouver – Star Tribune

Particular groups on a particular night time delivered the Minnesota Wild Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Vancouver.

Winger Matt Boldy’s first-period, power-play purpose and middle Connor Dewar’s second-period shorthanded purpose offered a lead the Wild by no means surrendered — not on an evening when goalkeeper Filip Gustavsson stopped all 35 photographs he turned away for his first NHL profession shutout.

Sam Metal added another purpose halfway by way of the third interval, simply in case.

All three objectives got here in Edina’s personal and former Gopher Sammy Walker’s NHL debut.

He helped create Boldy’s purpose and simply missed scoring his first NHL purpose when his breakaway shot within the third interval went simply over the crossbar.

Wild star Kirill Kaprizov’s franchise-record, consecutive-point streak ended at 14 video games.

In the meantime, the Wild ended a four-game journey 2-2 after it received at Dallas in a shootout and misplaced at Calgary and Edmonton earlier than Saturday’s victory. It now heads house for a four-game home-stand beginning Monday.

On Friday, the Wild surrendered two power-plays and an open-net purpose in a 5-2 loss to the Oilers.

On Saturday, Boldy and Dewar each scored late in a interval, all their staff wanted.

Boldy’s purpose on a one-timer rebound low in the fitting circle got here at 16:43 in that first interval and was his tenth this season, third most on the staff.

Wild defenseman Calen Addison assisted on it in his returned to Saturday’s lineup after he was a wholesome scratch for the primary time this season Friday in Edmonton. Alex Goligoski got here out to make room for Addison.

Addison’s 15 factors this season – two objectives, 13 assists – are fifth most amongst NHL rookies and second amongst rookies in assists. He additionally leads all rookies with 11 power-play factors, all assists.

Dewar’s purpose unassisted at 16:08 in that second interval made it 2-0 after his staff had simply been penalized 3 times in succession, the final for too many males on the ice.

It additionally got here solely a pair hours after Wild coach Dean Evason lamented his staff’s penalty-killing in Edmonton after it had been so good a lot of the season.

It was Dewar’s third shorthanded purpose this season – his fourth total — and the Wild’s sixth shorthanded purpose this season. His 4 shorthanded factors – an help to go together with the three objectives – leads the NHL this season.

“I’ve killed penalties my complete life,” Dewar stated in a Bally Sports activities North second-intermission interview. “I am type of seeking to make a profession of it, so I hope it retains going.”

The Wild on Friday recalled Walker from Iowa within the AHL and reassigned ahead Joseph Cramarossa there.

It did so after Walker performed in 21 video games in Iowa this season and arrived in Minnesota main all AHL rookies in scoring and tied for first amongst all AHL rookies in purpose. He led Iowa in factors (22), objectives (11) and power-play objectives (six).

He made that NHL debut on a line with Boldy and Frederick Gaudreau.

“We’re searching for him to offer some vitality,” Evason informed reporters earlier than Saturday’s sport. “He has actually performed effectively. We stroll loads about deserving and incomes his proper to be right here and he has had. He will play. We would wish to his pace to convey us a component on that line…

“We wish him to play hockey. There is a motive he is right here. We do not wish to change his sport as a result of he is right here. We wish him to proceed to play precisely the best way he has performed to warrant the callup right now.”

Chosen by Tampa Bay within the 2017 NHL Draft’s seventh spherical with the two hundredth total choose, Walker signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Wild final summer time. He was Minnesota’s 2018 Mr. Hockey his senior season at Edina Excessive – the one Hornet ever to win the sward – and was the Large Ten’s Freshman of the Yr. He additionally was the Gophers’ first three-year captain.

Walker wore jersey No. 74 in his debut Saturday night time and his pace and presence drew a Vancouver hooking penalty that created the Wild’s game-opening purpose, Boldy’s opportunistic power-play purpose.

“It was unbelievable,” Walker stated in a primary intermission TV interview about his first NHL motion. “Only a dream come true. There’s not many different phrases that may describe it.”

Whereas Walker performed his first sport, Wild veteran ahead Marcus Foligno performed his 700th profession sport and celebrated with a combat with Canuck Riley Stillman that began the second interval.

Foligno performed 347 video games for Buffalo after he made his NHL debut there within the 2011-12 season. He has performed 353 video games now with the Wild.

Canucks goaltender Spencer Martin stopped Wild middle Joel Erikkson Ek’s shorthanded breakaway shot halfway the second interval to maintain it a one-goal sport.

The Star Tribune didn’t ship the author of this text to the sport. This was written utilizing a broadcast, interviews and different materials.

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