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ST. PAUL http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/jared-goff-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 http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/brandin-cooks-jersey , joining Shea Weber (Nashville, 2008), Al MacInnis (St. Louis, 1997), Ray Bourque (Boston, 1995), Gary Suter (Chicago, 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 http://www.losangelesramsteamonline.com/robert-woods-jersey , 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 Authentic Alex Smith Jersey , 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, 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.” DETROIT (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche stayed hot on the ice and kept their cool when things got physical.Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves for his 24th career shutout and first of the season in Colorado’s 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night. The Avalanche stretched their point streak to 11 games (9-0-2) and have won seven of their last eight.“They got off to a good start, but our defense really picked it up after that,” Varlamov said. “We knew they were going to come out flying, but they only got five shots in the third. That shows you what a great job our defense was doing. They played smart and took away Detroit’s speed.”The third period — which featured several big hits, two fights and a scrum along the boards next to the Red Wings bench — evoked memories of the intense rivalry between the teams from the mid-1990s to early 2000s.“When a game gets physical like that Alex Smith Jersey Elite , you have to play smart hockey,” Colorado defenseman Ian Cole said. “There are times where you get punched in the face and you have to take it, because you can’t give up a power play when you are protecting a 1-0 lead in the third period.”Cole fought Detroit’s Tyler Bertuzzi early in the second period after laying a big hit on Andreas Athanasiou.Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog also scored.Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 shots for Detroit.“I thought our effort was really good and we were physical,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I thought we created chances, but we didn’t put any of them away.”The NHL’s top scorer combined with the league’s second-leading point producer for a power-play goal to give the Avalanche a 1-0 advantage 4:54 into the second. Mikko Rantanen set up MacKinnon in the slot and he ripped a one-timer past Bernier.MacKinnon has 19 goals and 43 points. Rantanen has 44 points.The goal came six seconds after Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson went off for holding.Landeskog, who plays with MacKinnon and Rantanen on perhaps the most dangerous line in the NHL, added an empty-net goal in the final minute. It was his 16th goal.It was the second of back-to-back games for the Red Wings, who won 4-2 in Boston on Saturday night.NOTES: Colorado was without D Tyson Barrie because of a lower-body injury. … MacKinnon was the NHL’s Second Star for November with 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists). … Detroit D Trevor Daley did not play due to a lower-body injury. … Detroit outshot Colorado 13-7 in the first period.UP NEXTAvalanche: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.Red Wings: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

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