Where was Sid? Wild blank Pens
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Cody McCormick had a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 20 shots he faced as the Minnesota Wild beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 Saturday night.
Erik Haula, Mikko Koivu, and Stephane Veilleux also scored for the Wild, who maintained a five-point cushion over Dallas for the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Bryzgalov posted his second shutout since being acquired by the Wild on March 4. He was steady throughout and made a pair of outstanding saves in the second period to keep the shutout intact.
First he sprawled to his right to rob James Neal with a stick save. A few minutes later, he kicked out his right leg just in time to stuff Lee Stempniak, who was alone at the left post after a rebound off the back boards had bounced out to him.
Last night's crowd was the largest ever for a Wild game with an announced attendance total of 19,409.
The victory moved Minnesota (40-26-12) six points ahead of Phoenix in the Western Conference's wild-card race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and maintained its five-point lead on Dallas for the top wild-card spot.
The Wild play at Winnipeg tomorrow
and then finish the regular season with three home games.