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Minnesota Wild vs Boston Bruins

BOSTON — Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk entered final season Zero-5 lifetime towards the Boston Bruins.
However all that modified when he made 52 saves and blanked the Bruins twice because the Wild swept the two-game sequence in Boston.
Monday night time, Dubnyk and his Wild invade TD Backyard for the primary of two nonconference video games between the groups this season.
The 2 victories over Boston have been a part of a 40-win All-Star season for Dubnyk. However he enters Monday night time’s sport simply Four-Four-1 with a 2.81 goals-against common and .913 save proportion this season as he and the Wild try to get above mediocrity.
They're 5-5-2 general (final within the Central Division) after dropping 2-Zero to the Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night time within the finale of a season-long six-game homestand.
That defines mediocrity.
The identical could be stated for Tuukka Rask and the Bruins, who dropped to 5-Four-Three with Saturday night time’s Three-2 dwelling loss to the Washington Capitals. Rask, winner of simply one among his final seven begins, is 2-Four-2 — with a 2.70 goals-against common and .905 save proportion.
Clearly, each want higher numbers for his or her groups to compete. However each groups have been banged up and simply making an attempt to outlive.
The Wild have been getting some gamers again, however chief Zach Parise and Boston College product Charlie Coyle are out long-term. The Bruins have had all types of accidents — and David Backes’ sickness and surgical procedure — and have had their two prime facilities, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, in uniform on the similar time for 2 durations all season.
Dubnyk made 33 saves however obtained no offensive help Saturday night time.
“You’re not going to win hockey video games in case you don’t put the puck within the web if you’ve obtained open nets. It’s simply not going to occur,” coach Bruce Boudreau stated. “Granted, each goalies have been out of this world, I assumed. When you may have open nets and you've got two breakaways within the third interval, you’ve obtained to attain, as a result of ultimately the opposite group goes to get that one likelihood and put it in.”
The identical night time, the Bruins have been overwhelmed by Braden Holtby (12-2 lifetime towards Boston) and the Caps beat them for the 10th straight time.
David Pastrnak scored each Bruins targets within the loss, as coach Bruce Cassidy continues to play Pastrnak with Bergeron and Brad Marchand — some pondering he’s placing all of his offensive eggs in a single basket.
“He was on the ice for a aim towards that as a low ahead, you’d wish to see have higher chemistry breaking that puck out,” Cassidy stated of Pastrnak, who has eight targets after snapping a four-game aim drought. “However he scored two targets for us, it’s laborious to be important. That’s what he does greatest. You need gamers to do what they do greatest and work on their weaknesses.
I believe David had a tricky time. They have been focusing on him and Marchy (Marchand). It is smart. They're our prime guys, so it’s an excellent technique, and that's one thing that Marchy has been used to for years and Pasta (David Pastrnak) goes to should get used to.”
Bergeron, who missed the primary 5 video games of the season with a decrease physique harm, doesn’t appear to be he’s again to being 100 %. He has one aim and three factors in six video games since debuting with a aim and three assists Oct. 19.
Whereas the Bruins are within the midst of 4 video games in six nights (they’re 1-1 to date), the Wild open a four-game journey in six nights with Monday’s sport.
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