Postgame Notes vs. Pittsburgh - April 5
In front of the largest crowd ever for a Wild game at Xcel Energy Center – 19,409 – Minnesota earned a 4-0 shutout win Saturday night in Saint Paul. G Ilya Bryzgalov made 20 saves to earn his second shutout with the Wild, moving to 5-0-3 with Minnesota. C Erik Haula, C Mikko Koivu and LW Stephane Veilleux all scored in the first period, while C Cody McCormick added a goal in the second period. Next up, Minnesota hits the road for its last away game of the season, visiting Winnipeg Monday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota earned a point for its fourth straight game (3-0-1). The Wild moved to 24-9-5 at Xcel Energy Center this season, earning points in 11 of its last 13 games at home (8-2-3).
The Wild earns its seventh shutout of the season, first since March 18 vs. the New York Islanders (Bryzgalov, 36 saves). Minnesota becomes the sixth team to shut out the Penguins this season.
The Wild scored at least three goals and held its opponent scoreless in the first period for the first time since Nov. 26, 2010 vs. Nashville. Minnesota became the second team to score three first-period goals against Pittsburgh this season.
G Ilya Bryzgalov made his eighth start with the Wild, stopping all 20 Pittsburgh shots. He earned his first regulation win in Saint Paul, moving to 5-0-3 in nine games. He earned his second shutout with the Wild and 33rd of his career
LW Zach Parise used an assist to register his 500th NHL point, before adding another helper to record his 115th career multi-point game and 12th this season, tying Koivu for team lead. The Wild is now 9-1-2 when Parise has a multi-point game this season and 26-4-7 when he tallies at least one point. He also leads the Wild with 28 goals this season, ranking second with 53 points (28-25=53) in 63 games. He has tallied at least one point in 17 of the last 24 games, totaling 26 points (13-13=26) in that span.
C Cody McCormick scored his sixth multi-point game of his career, second of the season and first in a Wild jersey (1-1=2). He has seven points in 39 games (2-5=7) this season between Buffalo and Minnesota.
C Erik Haula earned his first career game-winning goal, opened the scoring 1:42 into the game and extending his first career point streak to three games (2-1=3). He has four points in his last six games (2-2=4) and 11 points (5-6=11) in 42 games during his rookie season.
C Charlie Coyle recorded his fifth multi-point game of his career and fourth in 2014 with two assists on the night. He has nine points (4-5=9) in his last eight games and career-high 29 points in 66 games this season (11-18=29). Minnesota moves to 3-1-0 when Coyle has a multi-point game.
C Mikko Koivu netted a goal and won 13-of-19 faceoffs (68.4%) tonight. He has recorded 13 points in his last 10 games (3-10=13) since March 18 which ranks T-4th in the NHL in that span. He has 23 points (4-19=23) in his last 21 games and leads the Wild in assists this season, totaling 50 points (11-39=50) in 61 games.
LW Matt Moulson tallied an assist on Haula’s goal. He has 18 points (7-11=18) in his last 22 games overall, totaling 48 points (22-26=48) in 71 games this season. He has 10 points (5-5=10) in 16 games since being acquired by Minnesota on March 5.
RW Jason Pominville earned the secondary assist on Haula’s goal, tallying three helpers in his last four contests. He leads the Wild in points this season (27-27=54), including 15 points (5-10=15) in his last 20 games and 21 points (8-13=21) in his last 26 contests.
Pittsburgh G Jeff Zatkoff made 16 saves.