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Minnesota 7, Montreal 1
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Garrett Rank, Graham Skilliter
Linesmen: Brandon Gawryletz, Brian Mach
Attendance: 18681

The Minnesota Wild rode a dominant special teams performance to a 7-1 rout of the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

The Wild were a perfect 4-for-4 on power-play opportunities. Charlie Coyle also converted a short-handed goal 12:33 into the second period, pulling in front of the net for a backhand shot.

Matt Dumba scored twice on the power play, giving him 12 goals on the season. Dumba leads all NHL defensemen in goals.

Zach Parise had a goal and two assists for the Wild, and Mikael Granlund also had a three-point night with three assists. Nino Niederreiter and Jared Spurgeon each had a goal and an assist while Ryan Suter contributed two assists.

Much of the damage came in the second period, as Minnesota scored four times in the final nine minutes. Eric Staal accounted for the Wild's only even-strength goal of the period, converting his own rebound at the 14:58 mark.

Minnesota last scored four goals in a period on Nov. 23 in a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The Wild then failed to hit the four-goal threshold in any of their next six games, leading to five losses in that stretch.

Much of that slump coincided with a cold streak for Devan Dubnyk, but the Wild goaltender rebounded with a strong effort on Tuesday, stopping 29 of 30 Montreal shots.

Jeff Petry scored the Canadiens' lone goal at 2:41 of the third period.

Antti Niemi allowed all seven goals on just 24 shots before being replaced by regular goalie Carey Price in the third period. It was Niemi's first action in eight games.

Montreal had its three-game winning streak snapped and allowed seven goals in a game for the first time since Jan. 12, 2017. That game was also against Minnesota, underscoring the one-sided nature of the recent history between the two teams.

The Wild have now won their past eight games against the Canadiens, outscoring them 35-10.

The victory kicked off a four-game homestand for the Wild, who next host the Florida Panthers on Thursday. The Canadiens begin a three-game homestand on Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Montreal   Minnesota
Jeff Petry 1 Points Zach Parise 3
Jeff Petry 1 Goals Matt Dumba 2
Michael Chaput 1 Assists Mikael Granlund 3
N/A Power Play Goals Matt Dumba 2
N/A Short Handed Goals Charlie Coyle 1
Carey Price 1.000 Save Percentage Devan Dubnyk .967
Antti Niemi 16 Saves Devan Dubnyk 29
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 30 1 0-1 0-4 33 24
Minnesota 32 7 4-4 1-1 17 28
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Florida. The Wild have a W/L % of .533 after a win and .533 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play their next game at home against Carolina. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .625 after a loss.