Best of NHL: Wild's Dubnyk Blanks Bruins for League-leading 4th Shutout

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mikael Granlund scored with 44.5 seconds left, Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 shots for his league-leading fourth shutout, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 Thursday night.

Granlund took a pass from Jonas Brodin circled below the end line and came out to the right of Tuukka Rask. His centering pass went off the skate of Adam McQuoid and trickled into the Boston net.

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Dubnyk has had to carry the Wild lately as Minnesota's offense has mustered just 10 goals in its past seven games, winning three. He has allowed nine goals in his last nine games, stopping 274 of 283 shots in that span to account for a .965 save percentage.

Minnesota has allowed an NHL-low 29 total goals in 16 games this season, including 10 in its last nine games, dating back to the 5-0 shutout Oct. 25 in Boston.

Lightning ease past Sabres in first game without Stamkos
BUFFALO, N.Y.  -- Alex Killorn had a goal and assist and the Tampa Bay Lightning's offense showed no ill-effect from missing captain Steven Stamkos in cruising to a 4-1 over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

Nikita Kucherov, Nikita Nesterov and Brayden Point also scored, and Valtteri Filppula set up two goals with no-look passes in helping the Lightning win their third straight and improve to 6-2-1 in their past nine. The spread-out offensive contributions came in Tampa Bay's first game since Stamkos tore a ligament in his right knee during a 4-3 win at Detroit on Tuesday.

During the game at Buffalo, the Lightning announced Stamkos had surgery and is expected to miss four months.

Cody Franson scored for Buffalo, which dropped to 0-4-2 in its past six. It's a stretch in which the team's offense has dried up in managing just six goals (see full recap).

Jaden Schwartz scores twice in  lues' 3-2 win over Sharks
ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz scored twice and David Perron added the game-winner to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in a rematch of last spring's Western Conference final.

Jake Allen had 29 saves -- holding off the Sharks' 6-on-4 advantage over the final 55 seconds -- as the Blues won their second straight.

Kevin Labanc got his first NHL goal and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, who lost their second straight after winning the first three on a season-high six-game trip.

Perron broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play tally late in the second period. San Jose had killed off its previous 26 penalties over an 11-game stretch.

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