Dubnyk makes statement by outdueling Rask, passing Price

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Devan Dubnyk is making yet another strong case to be ranked among the best goalies in the game.

The Minnesota Wild netminder made 25 saves Thursday in a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins, not only outdueling counterpart Tuukka Rask - who stopped 28 of 29 shots in the loss - but also passing Carey Price for the best save percentage among goalies with at least 10 appearances.

In addition, Dubnyk recorded his league-leading fourth shutout of the season.

Here's how the impressive trio of early Vezina Trophy candidates stack up:

Goalie Games Record Sv% SO
Devan Dubnyk 13 7-5-1 .952 4
Carey Price 11 10-0-1 .948 2
Tuukka Rask 12 10-2-0 .947 3

Dubnyk's record would be better if the Wild offense offered him a bit more support. Four of Dubnyk's losses have come in November, in which Minnesota scored just three total goals, including a pair of shutouts.

For his part, he doesn't seem to be holding any grudges:

Dubnyk, of course, was a Vezina finalist in 2015 after going on a remarkable half-season upon joining the Wild.

His numbers leveled off in 2015-16, but he appears to be back in top form, much to the delight and amazement of new head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Even if - or when - Dubnyk's save percentage falls to more human levels, the Wild could be a team to reckon with if the puck starts to go in at the other end with greater regularity.

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