Wild get a second straight shutout 28 Oct 16

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild lead the NHL scoring. Not that they needed many goals to win the past two games.

Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves for his second straight shutout and the Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 on Thursday night.

“He’s carrying us right now, so we’ll ride that wave,” defenseman Matt Dumba said.

Dubnyk made 27 saves Tuesday night in a 5-0 victory in Boston. He has 12 of his 21 career shutouts since joining the Wild in a trade with Arizona on Jan. 15, 2015, the most in the NHL during that span. Dubnyk’s debut for the Wild was a 7-0 victory in Buffalo.

“Unfortunately, we only play here once a year,” Dubnyk said. “This is a special place for me. It all began here with these guys, so there will always be good memories.”

Ryan Suter had a goal and an assist, and Joel Ericsson Ek, Jason Zucker and Mikko Koivu also scored. The Wild went 2-1-1 on a four-game road trip to improve to 5-2-1.

The Wild have scored 31 goals in eight games and every player has recorded a point.

“That’s how we have to win,” said Suter, who leads the Wild with eight points. “We don’t have the superstars. We need everybody on the team participating and so far we’ve been able to do that.”

Anders Nillson made 18 saves in his second straight start for the Sabres. They have lost four in a row.

The Sabres started strong but did not finish Tuesday night in Philadelphia, surrendering three third period goals in a 4-3 shootout loss. On Thursday night, they started slow and never recovered.