ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund scored with 44.5 seconds left, Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots for his league-leading fourth shutout, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 Thursday night.
Granlund took a pass from Jonas Brodin circled below the end line and came out to the right of Tuukka Rask. His centering pass went off the skate of Adam McQuoid and trickled into the Boston net.
Dubnyk has had to carry the Wild lately as Minnesota’s offense has mustered just 10 goals in its past seven games, winning three. He has allowed nine goals in his last nine games, stopping 274 of 283 shots in that span to account for a .965 save percentage.
Minnesota has allowed an NHL-low 29 total goals in 16 games this season, including 10 in its last nine games, dating back to the 5-0 shutout Oct. 25 in Boston.
Dubnyk kept the game scoreless 6 minutes into the third with his save of the game, diving to poke the puck away from Matt Beleskey, who was in alone after a turnover by Matt Dumba.
Rask made 28 saves, with his best coming late in the second as he got his glove up quick to stifle Jason Pominville, who was alone in front and had a second to move the puck to his forehand.
An undisclosed injury has kept Bruins leading-scorer David Pastrnak, who has 10 goals and 14 points in 14 games, out of the past two practices. Coach Claude Julien said the right wing is day to day. Riley Nash played on the top line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
After an evenly played opening period featuring stellar stops on both ends, and Minnesota controlling the first 14 minutes of the second, Boston thought it took a 1-0 lead when a shot from Torrey Krug deflected off the skate of David Backes and behind Dubnyk with 5:30 to play in the frame. However, after a lengthy video review it was ruled the Bruins were offside entering the zone.
Minnesota had 11 of the first 12 shots in the second period, yet its best chance was not one of them. Granlund missed at an open net early with the Wild on a power play.
NOTES: Boston was scoreless on two power plays and is 4 for 60 all-time against the Wild. … Minnesota assigned C Joel Eriksson Elk to Farjesta BK in the Swedish Elite League. Eriksson Ek has two goals and three assists in nine games and would have had the first year of his three-year entry-level contract kick in if he played a 10th game. … Bruins D Kevan Miller, who began practicing with the team Tuesday, did not play. He had surgery Oct. 11 to repair a fracture in his left hand.
Bruins: Host Winnipeg on Saturday.
Wild: Host Colorado on Saturday to conclude a three-game homestand
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