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  • Pivotal Moment: Dubnyk sets an early tone with saved penalty shot


    The Rangers, on the other hand, held the NHL lead with 4 penalty shot attempts already in the season, and this would be their 5th. Yandle had been 0-for-2 in his career prior to this attempt. He gathered the puck in at the center line and headed down the right wing with some speed. He didn't take a fancy route, opting rather to sweep in and wait for his shot. He swung in just above the crease and saw daylight above Dubnyk's glove and fired high. Dubnyk snapped his wrist and made quick work of the snap shot with his glove, looking confident in doing so. Not only was it a great save, but it sent a message that Dubnyk was locked in and ready to go.

    Dubnyk followed up the penalty shot save with 3 solid periods, making all the saves he should have and showing very, very few signs of rust. The Wild saw that they could play confidently in front of their goaltender and were quickly able to find the momentum they had generated from the previous game's 6 goals. The momentum spilled over on special teams as well with the Wild going 2-for-3 on the power play and perfect on the penalty kill. It was a good night all around, but could have had a very different tone without a confident performance from Dubynk.

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