There is an old saying that it isn’t about who you play, but rather when you play them. Had the Philadelphia Flyers played the back-to-back games against the Minnesota Wild two weeks ago, they may have had better success.
Instead they caught goaltender Devan Dubnyk during one of the hottest streaks of his career. After making 32 saves in a 1-0 shutout of the Flyers Saturday night, he made 30 saves to repeat the feat in St. Paul tonight.
There are a lot of adjectives that can be used to describe the first period and exciting is not one of them. The two teams combined for 13 total shots in opening 20 minutes with the first one of the night going in for the home team.
Just 12 seconds after the opening faceoff, lost by Jordan Weal, Eric Stall stripped Ivan Provorov of the puck below the left circle and fed Nino Niederretier in the slot where he ripped a top-shelf one-timer that beat Brian Elliott to the near corner of the net. Niederretier became the first Wild player not named Jason Zucker to score in the last three games.
Midway the second period, Scott Laughton had the Flyers best scoring chance of the night as he was set up right in front of the net by Michael Raffl, but was denied twice by goaltender Dubnyk.
Dubnyk made the 101st consecutive save during his long shutout streak by stopping Dale Weise on a breakaway chance about five minutes into the third period to keep the game at 1-0.
Eric Staal added an empty net goal with just 1:09 remaining to seal the season series sweep of the Flyers. Zucker continued his hot streak by added another empty net goal about 30 seconds later for his seventh goal in the last four games.
Dubnyk capped off his night with an assist on the Zucker goal. He now has three straight shutouts and has gone over a 195 minutes since he last gave up a goal.
The Flyers are back in action on Thursday night at the Winnipeg Jets where they can hopefully figure out how to score some goals again. It has been 156:09 of game time since their last goal.