NHL Wrap: Dubnyk, Wild beat Blues 2-0 to avoid elimination

Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves, Charlie Coyle scored in the first period as the Minnesota Wild avoided elimination with a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the first-round playoff series on Wednesday night.

Dubnyk’s second playoff shutout came almost two years to the day of his first, also against the Blues on April 20, 2015. Martin Hanzal also scored for Minnesota in the second.

Blues goalie Jake Allen made 26 saves. He entered having stopping 114 of the Wild’s first 117 shots in the series.

St. Louis still leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 heading into Game 5 at Minnesota on Saturday.

In Toronto, Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie scored two goals each as Washington beat Toronto 5-4 to tie their series at two-two.

Alex Ovechkin notched a third goal of the playoffs as the Capitals regained momentum ahead of Game 5 in Washington on Friday night.

Zach Hyman, James van Riemsdyk, Auston Matthews and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto.

Craig Anderson made 22 saves for a fourth career playoff shutout as Ottawa grabbed a 3-1 lead in its first-round playoff series with Boston.

Bobby Ryan scored the only goal early in the third period, while Boston had a goal disallowed for offside.

The Bruins no need a win in Ottawa in Game 5 on Friday night to try and take the series back to Boston.

Meanwhile, Anaheim became the first team to advance to the second round when they completed a four-game sweep of Calgary with a 3-1 win.

Patrick Eaves and Nate Thompson scored in the first period. And although Sean Monahan pulled Calgary back into it with a second-period power-play goal, Ryan Getzlaf added an empty-netter for the Ducks in the final seconds to seal the win.

The Ducks will play the winner of the Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks series.

All the scores from Wednesday’s NHL playoffs:

Anaheim Ducks 3-1 Calgary Flames (Game 4, Anaheim wins the series 4-0)
Washington Capitals 5-4 Toronto Maple Leafs (Game 4, Series tied at 2-2)
Ottawa Senators 1-0 Boston Bruins (Game 4, Ottawa leads 3-1)
Minnesota Wild 2-0 St Louis Blues (Game 4, St Louis leads the series 3-1)