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the Islanders went on the power play
03-13-2019, 10:00 AM
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the Islanders went on the power play
ST. PAUL http://www.officialblackhawksproshop.com...mov-jersey , Minn. (AP) — More than seven years have passed since the Wild traded Brent Burns.Finally, there’s a reason in Minnesota to stop wincing about dealing away one of the NHL’s most potent defensemen.Matt Dumba leads all blue-liners in the league with 10 goals, a rate that translates to 34 scores over a full schedule. That’s a staggering pace that would crush the franchise record, set by Burns with 17 goals in 2010-11, his final season with the Wild. It’s doubtful Dumba can double that, but it’s clear that the $30 million, five-year contract the Wild gave him prior to this season was a worthy investment.“It’s fun. I think it’s sustainable if I keep hitting the net and not try to do anything too tricked up or too special. Guys are kind of getting it to me more often and finding me more often,” Dumba said last week, after his two goals helped the Wild beat Ottawa 6-4 .He knocked in a wrist shot from the point in the second period to make it 4-1. In the first period, he scored on power-play one-timer in the circle from a slick feed by Mikael Granlund.“That was an absolute muffin,” Dumba said.Dumba became just the sixth defenseman in the last 30 seasons to reach 10 goals by the 22-game mark, according to the NHL, joining Shea Weber (Nashville, 2008), Al MacInnis (St. Louis, 1997), Ray Bourque (Boston, 1995), Gary Suter (Chicago Brandon Saad Jersey , 1995) and Jeff Brown (St. Louis, 1992).“He’s going to score as long as he keeps shooting the puck and hitting the net because his shot is that good,” coach Bruce Boudreau said.In Minnesota’s 4-3 loss to Arizona on Tuesday night, Dumba had an assist to stretch his streak to seven straight games with at least one point. That’s tied for the team-record mark for defensemen to match Ryan Suter’s run in 2013.The 24-year-old Dumba, who had 14 goals and 36 assists to go with a plus-15 rating while playing all 82 games last season, when he established career highs in almost every category. The 6-foot, 184-pound Dumba was drafted in the first round in 2012, exactly one year after the Wild traded Burns to San Jose.“We’ve got to get him to play a little bit both ends of the ice type of thing, but scoring 10 goals as a defenseman is quite the feat,” Boudreau said.Ah, but Dumba has come a long way on the defensive end.“I get to watch the offensive ability and also not have to feel like there’s going to be a 2-on-1 every time he’s on the ice, because I can’t think of a time that he’s made a poor decision as far as getting in offensively,” goalie Devan Dubnyk said.That’s how he gets paired with Suter as the Wild’s most-used duo. He’s averaging 24 minutes per game, just 45 seconds behind Suter for the team lead. Dumba’s shooting percentage is also up to a career-best 12.8, the fifth-best on the Wild, another sign of growth.“I try not to force stuff really too much. I know that really doesn’t help anyone,” Dumba said. “It’s more of letting it come to you and when you’ve got those opportunities, take a shot and hit the net while you do it.”Burns has averaged 55 points per season over the last seven years, and he won the Norris Trophy in 2016-17 as the NHL’s best defenseman. If Dumba keeps improving Brent Seabrook Jersey Kids , well, he could find himself in the conversation for that award someday.“Any defenseman will tell you it’s a tough position, tough as a young kid, because we all come from situations where you’re a dominant player or a player who could do a little more,” Dumba said. “When you play against everyone up here that kind of takes a little bit off of that. So it’s just kind of figuring out where you stand, how hard you have to work to be successful.” NEW YORK (AP) The last time Columbus was in Brooklyn just 10 days ago, it didn’t have much to show after a flurry of shots in the first period and then let a lead after 40 minutes slip away in a loss.This time, Sergei Bobrovsky made a big save to preserve the advantage early in the third and the Blue Jackets pulled away for a big win.Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored power-play goals in the second period to give Columbus the lead, and Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson scored less than a minute apart in the third to help the Blue Jackets pull away for a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.”We scored a couple of huge goals on our power play,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. ”In the third period I was anxious to see how we were going to react. … I’m happy for our guys. They could’ve been frustrated – same team, same building, same situation first period. They just stayed with it.”Defenseman Zach Werenski had three assists as the Blue Jackets had a season-high 51 shots – tying the franchise-record 26 they had in the first period here 10 days earlier – and won their second straight since an 0-4-1 skid. Bjorkstrand and Dubois had assists on each other’s goals, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots.”We’re feeling good about the way we’re playing,” Dubinsky said. ”Even before these last two games when we weren’t getting results I think we were feeling good about our game. We’re just sticking with it and now we’re getting results.”John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who have lost six of their last eight (2-5-1). Jaroslav Halak finished with a season-high 47 saves, including all 26 in the first period. He had 25 saves in the opening period against the Blue Jackets in the Islanders’ 4-3 win here Feb. 3.”They capitalized on their opportunities,” said Tavares, who now has 600 career points. ”They had time and space and put everything on net. We have to get out of our end and create chances. We have to execute better. … All you can do is move on to your next game and try to get better.”With Columbus holding a 2-1 lead, Bobrovsky preserved the advantage early in the third Youth Corey Crawford Jersey , using his left blocker hand after losing his stick to deny a great chance in close by Islanders rookie sensation Mathew Barzal.Dubinsky put in the rebound of his wraparound try to push the Blue Jackets’ lead to 3-1 at 6:01 of the final period. Atkinson made it a three-goal lead just 43 seconds later.The Blue Jackets, last in the league on the power play coming in, went 2 for 4 with the man-advantage against an Islanders team that was second-worst in penalty-killing. Five of Columbus’ 24 power-play goals this season have come in four games against the Islanders.”We’ve struggled a little bit this year on the power play,” Bjorkstrand said. ”So if we can be better and more consistent in that part then that’ll definitely help us get some extra points and wins.”Bjorkstrand tied it 1-1 on the power play at 6:02 of the second with a wicked slap shot from the inside edge of the right circle for his 10th.Then, with New York’s Brock Nelson off for hooking late in the period, Columbus’ Zach Werenski hit the right goalpost with 1:10 remaining. However, Dubois put the Blue Jackets ahead 13 seconds later as his shot from the left circle went in off the left post for his 13th.The teams skated 4-on-4 for 33 seconds late in the first period after Columbus’ Jussi Jokinen was whistled for tripping with the Islanders’ Ross Johnston in the penalty box. After Johnston’s penalty expired, the Islanders went on the power play and took advantage 45 seconds later as Tavares knocked in the rebound of Anders Lee’s shot with 2:09 remaining in for his 29th of the season.NOTES: The Blue Jackets have 226 shots on goal over their last five games, including 101 in the last two. … Columbus won three of four in the season series, with the first win by the road team. The Blue Jackets won the first two meetings at home, 5-0 in the season opener on Oct. 6 and 6-4 on Dec. 14. The Islanders won here 4-3 on Feb. 3. … Tavares became the sixth player in franchise history to reach the 600-point mark, joining Bryan Trottier (1,353), Mike Bossy (1,126), Denis Potvin (1,052), Clark Gillies (663) and Brent Sutter (610).UP NEXT:Blue Jackets: At Toronto on Wednesday night to close a two-game trip.Islanders: Host the crosstown-rival Rangers on Thursday night to wrap a four-game homestand.—Follow Vin Cherwoo at http://www.twitter.com/VinCherwooAP—
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