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Dubnyk records shutout as Wild blank Flames 3-0

Minnesota Wild's Luke Kunin high fives teammates on the bench after he scored a goal against the Calgary Flames in the second period of an NHL hockey ...
Minnesota Wild's Jordan Greenway and Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan go after the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday Dec. 23, 2019, in...
Calgary Flames' Tobias Rieder of Germany controls the puck against Minnesota Wild's Ryan Hartman (38) and Brad Hunt (77) in the first period of an NHL...
Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund of Sweden kicks the puck against Minnesota Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek of Sweden in the second period of an NHL hockey gam...
Calgary Flames' goalie Cam Talbot stops the puck against the Minnesota Wild in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday Dec. 23, 2019, in St. Pau...

Minnesota Wild's Luke Kunin high fives teammates on the bench after he scored a goal against the Calgary Flames in the second period of an NHL hockey ...

Minnesota Wild's Jordan Greenway and Calgary Flames' Sean Monahan go after the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday Dec. 23, 2019, in...

Calgary Flames' Tobias Rieder of Germany controls the puck against Minnesota Wild's Ryan Hartman (38) and Brad Hunt (77) in the first period of an NHL...

Calgary Flames' Mikael Backlund of Sweden kicks the puck against Minnesota Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek of Sweden in the second period of an NHL hockey gam...

Calgary Flames' goalie Cam Talbot stops the puck against the Minnesota Wild in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday Dec. 23, 2019, in St. Pau...

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Devan Dubnyk recorded his first shutout of the season and Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin each scored for Minnesota in the Wild’s 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Dubnyk made 22 saves in his third game, and second, start since missing extended time for a family issue. He earned wins in both of his starts since his return.

Eriksson Ek returned to action after missing four games with an injury and put Minnesota on the board early in the second period. Eriksson Ek took a centering pass from linemate Kevin Fiala and scored past Flames goalie Cam Talbot at 15:09 of the second.

Eriksson Ek last played on Dec. 14 against Philadelphia when he suffered an upper body injury. He was activated from the injured reserve on Sunday. Monday’s goal was his first since Dec. 5.

Kunin made it 2-0 just over five minutes after Eriksson Ek’s goal. Jordan Greenway fed the puck from behind the net to Kunin, who beat Talbot to his right.

Calgary had a goal waved off with 6:01 to play in the third period. Derek Ryan appeared to cut Minnesota’s lead to 2-1, but the goal was reviewed and officials ruled that Ryan kicked the loose puck into the net after Dubnyk made the initial save.

Eric Staal added an empty-net goal with 2:43 remaining to seal Minnesota’s 3-0 win.

Dubnyk thwarted one of the few good scoring chances Calgary had in the first two periods when he made a pad save on a shot by Matthew Tkachuk midway through the second.

Monday’s win helped the Wild bounce back from a lopsided 6-0 loss to Winnipeg on Saturday. That was Minnesota's worst defeat of the season.

Minnesota hasn’t played at home much so far this season. The Wild’s 15 games at Xcel Energy Center are the fewest home games of any team in the NHL this season. Minnesota is 10-2-3 at home after Monday’s win. Calgary is 9-10-2 on the road.

Talbot stopped 25 shots for Calgary. He drops to 3-7-0 in 11 games this season.

Monday marked the second game of a back-to-back for Calgary, which beat the Stars in Dallas by a 5-1 final Sunday.

NOTES: Minnesota is now 8-3-1 against the Western Conference’s Pacific division. … The Wild have 28 points since Nov. 14, tops in the NHL. … Staal has 12 points in his last 10 games.

UP NEXT

Flames: At Edmonton on Friday night.

Wild: At Colorado on Friday night.

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Updated : 2021-07-27 00:28 GMT+08:00