TORONTO (AP) — Special teams was key for the Minnesota Wild as they score twice on the power play and they didn’t even give Toronto a chance to get the man-advantage.
Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund scored power-play goals to lead the Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Minnesota scored with the extra man for the 15th time in its last 19 games.
“It’s been a huge key for us the games we have won, especially on the road,” Granlund said. “We’ve been able to score on the power play, and hopefully we can keep doing that. Right now, our confidence in the PP is up. I don’t know if we are doing anything special.”
Devan Dubnyk had 21 saves for the Wild, who hold the second wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.
This game marked only the seventh time in franchise history the Wild didn’t take a penalty.
“I thought our kill was great,” Minnesota interim coach John Torchetti said.
Jake Gardiner gave the Leafs the lead early in the second period with his sixth goal of the season and Garret Spars — making his second start since being recalled from Toronto of the AHL last weekend,…