ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubynk is a bit of a quiet guy, but he's going to draw plenty of attention if he keeps playing like this.
On Monday the NHL named Dubnyk it's Second Star of the Week after he turned in three shutouts, pushing the Wild to a 6-2-1 record and first place in the Western Conference central Division. On Tuesday he stopped 27 shots in helping the Wild down Boston 5-0, Thursday it was 38 saves against Buffalo in a 4-0 win, and Dubnyk had a third strong performance against Dallas Saturday, coming out with a 4-0 victory.
Dubnyk is the first goalie in Wild franchise history to record three consecutive shutouts, and his current shutout streak of 180 minutes is longest in team history.
And why wasn't he the First Star, you may ask? That was given to Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson, who notched a pair of shutouts after returning from a short absence following his wife's cancer diagnosis.
The Wild play next on Tuesday against Buffalo, and while new coach Bruce Boudreau has been public about his desire to take some of the workload off Dubnyk, it will be hard to keep him out of the net while playing this well.