Blues winger Alexander Steen prepares to shoot against Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk in Game Five of their first-round series Friday. (Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Minnesota Wild have benefitted greatly from the play of goalie Devan Dubnyk this season, and they got another terrific performance out of him Friday in Game 5 of their series against the Blues – including a stop on St. Louis winger Alex Steen while Dubnyk was lying on his stomach.
Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk is a big-bodied presence between the pipes, and in Game 5 of the Wild's first-round series against St. Louis Friday, he used his athleticism and frame to keep Blues winger Alex Steen from scoring at point-blank range.
The teams were tied at a goal apiece nearing the 12-minute mark of the second period when Steen got a slick pass from captain David Backes that left him alone with the puck directly in front of Dubnyk, who was already sprawled-out on the ice and on his stomach. Steen couldn't beat him, though, as Dubnyk got a pad on the puck to keep the score 1-1:
About three minutes after Dubnyk made the save on Steen, Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter scored the eventual game-winner in a 4-1 Wild win that put them up 3-2 in the series against St. Louis. That's exactly what Dubnyk is supposed to do, and if the Wild can continue getting consistently strong showings from him, they're a threat to keep on surprising opponents in the second round and beyond.