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Dubnyk shuts down Oilers, Wild creep closer to playoff spot


Devan Dubnyk stopped all 15 shots he faced as the Minnesota Wild shutout Edmonton 4-0 on Friday night.

It was the Wild's 10th victory since the All-Star break, and Dubnyk's fifth shutout since the Wild acquired him in a trade from Arizona. The Wild are now an NHL best 10-1-1 since the break.

Justin Fontaine bookended the night with a pair of goals. He put Minnesota on the board with his sixth goal of the season, then with 1:15 left to play ended the game with this one:

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Nino Niederreiter and Jordan Schroeder added the other two Minnesota goals and it was a one-sided night.

The Wild lost defenseman Marco Scandella with a leg injury, but the Star Tribune's Michael Russo reports that it wasn't a serious injury.

Minnesota was also playing without Jared Spurgeon, but that didn't seem to affect the defense as the Wild didn't allow Edmonton to get anything going.

The Wild are back within one point of a wildcard spot in the Western Conference. They return to Xcel Energy Center and face the Stars on Sunday.

Scoring Summary

1st period: 10:18 MIN – Justin Fontaine (6) Deflected shot – Assist: Christian Folin (6), Zach Parise (20) 1-0 MIN

1st period: 15:06 MIN – Nino Niederreiter (19) Wrist shot – Assist: Mikko Koivu (27), Jonas Brodin (8) 2-0 MIN

2nd period: 15:50 MIN – Jordan Schroeder (3) Deflected shot – Assist: Thomas Vanek (26), Koivu (28) 3-0 MIN

3rd period: 18:45 MIN – Fontaine (7) Wrist shot – Assist: Parise (21), Mikael Granlund (16) 4-0 MIN

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