Published May 02, 2016
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots against his former team as the Minnesota Wild beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Saturday.
Dubnyk, who was coming off an 18-save shutout in his Wild debut on Thursday, was acquired by Minnesota from Arizona on Wednesday in exchange for a 2015 third-round draft pick.
Jason Zucker's goal in the second period was the deciding marker and Charlie Coyle and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild, who have won back-to-back games after a six-game skid.
"He plays with a lot of composure back there," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said of Dubnyk. "Certainly some pretty big saves to keep the lead."
Antoine Vermette scored and Mike Smith gave up two goals on 32 shots for the Coyotes, who have started their eight-game road trip with fourth straight losses.
"We had stretches where I thought we competed very hard and stretches were I thought we weren't very competitive," said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett.
Nino Niederreiter barreled in on net, cut across the slot and dished the puck to Coyle, who tapped the puck over the glove of Smith for a 1-0 Wild lead with 6:25 to play in the first period.
After Dubnyk worked the puck up along the boards, Zucker raced through the neutral zone, shipped the puck off to Justin Fontaine, who dished it right back and Zucker a backhander for a marker at 8:41 of the second.
The Coyotes got within a goal on the power play as Keith Yandle's point blast rang off the post, and Vermette backhanded the rebound in with 6:13 to play in the middle stanza.
With under eight minutes to play, Dubnyk came up big as he denied Yandle with a toe save to keep it a one-goal game.
Parise sent the puck into an empty net to seal the win with 53.3 seconds remaining.
Dubnyk went 9-5-2 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.72 goals-against average over 19 games with Arizona earlier this season ... Coyotes captain Shane Doan missed his second game with a lower-body injury ... Wild defenseman Marco Scandella returned to the lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury ... The Wild lead the season series 3-0-0.