Devan Dubnyk continued his strong play on the road to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 victory against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Friday.
The goalie made 21 saves to help the Wild (35-31-9) vault into the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference, one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes. Dubnyk is 13-4-2 in his past 19 starts on the road since Dec. 29, more road wins than any goalie in the NHL during that span.
Dubnyk (29-25-6) needs one win to reach 30 victories for a fifth consecutive season. Four active goalies have won at least 30 games in at least five straight seasons: Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers (seven times), Ryan Miller of the Anaheim Ducks (seven), Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (seven) and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins (five).
The Wild, 20-15-2 away from Xcel Energy Center this season, visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV). Minnesota is 15-16-7 at home this season.
Donato on point-per-game pace
Wild forward Ryan Donato had two assists on Friday and has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past four games and 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 15 games since being acquired with a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the Boston Bruins for forward Charlie Coyle on Feb. 20.
The 22-year-old had 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 46 games over two seasons with the Bruins.
Since the trade, Coyle has two points (one goal, one assist) in 13 games with Boston.
Ducks, Silfverberg play spoiler again
Forward Jakob Silfverberg had three points (one goal, two assists), including the game-winning goal 38 seconds into overtime, in the Anaheim Ducks’ 4-3 win against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center.
The Ducks are eight points out of the second wild card into the playoffs from the West with six games remaining but continue to affect the postseason races in each conference with six victories in March against teams that either occupy or are within one point of a playoff position. Anaheim is 3-1-0 in its past four games and 7-4-0 in its past 11.
Silfverberg tied his NHL career-high with his 23rd goal. He has 37 points (14 assists) and is trying to reach 40 points for the third consecutive season. He has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past 11 games.