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Dubnyk sprawls, robs Faulk for early save of the year candidate


Saturday has been the day for pretty insane saves so far.

Marc-Andre Fleury put together a trio of them earlier in the afternoon, and Devan Dubnyk picked up that torch as the evening contests began and threw his name in the hat for the best save of this young season.

Don’t just take my word for it, though. Check it out:

The save is a bright spot in a lot of ugly tonight for the Wild.

Through two periods, Minnesota really doesn’t have any business being in their game against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. Dubnyk has stopped 35 shots in the game already -- including 20 alone in the first period -- and the Wild have just eight going the other way, including a less than ideal three shots to Carolina’s 17 in the second frame.

The Wild own a 1-1-1 record through three games and have just seven goals through eight periods thus far.

Dubnyk and the Wild are going to have a long year if he has to face this volume of rubber. As good as he can be, the odds don’t favor him stopping everything.

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck