Stalock Perfect in Net as Wild Shut out Senators

OTTAWA — Alex Stalock stopped all 26 shots he faced and the Minnesota Wild picked up their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday.

Victor Rask and Zach Parise scored third-period goals for the Wild (1-4-0), the last team to pick up a point in the league.

Stalock, in his first start of the season, earned his sixth career shutout.

Monday’s afternoon game was the start of a three-game road trip for Minnesota.

Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots for the Senators (1-4-0), who wrapped up a four-game homestand with a 1-3-0 record.

After two scoreless periods the Wild broke the stalemate midway through the third. Rask had a great takeaway on Jean-Gabriel Pageau and then beat Anderson shortside.

Wild center Victor Rask
Wild center Victor Rask (David Berding-USA TODAY )

Parise added an empty-net goal to seal the win after the Senators failed to take advantage of their fifth power play late in the game.

Ottawa pulled Anderson to have a two-man advantage but failed to register a shot on goal.

The Senators were 0 for 5 on the power play to drop to 0 for 17 with the man advantage this season. Ottawa’s best chances Monday came in the second period, but Stalock made a couple of big saves.

There was a scary moment for the Senators late in the second as Anderson took a skate in the head when Jason Zucker fell after being tripped by Thomas Chabot. Anderson remained in the game.

A scoreless first period saw the Wild outshoot the Senators 11-7, but Ottawa had the edge in play. Ottawa blocked 11 of Minnesota’s shots.


Jordan Szwarz, recalled from AHL Belleville, made his Senators debut, while Nick Paul, also recalled, was a healthy scratch. Artem Anisimov, who left Saturday’s game, did not play Monday afternoon. Mikkel Boedker made his season debut Monday. Minnesota was without Mats Zuccarello (undisclosed injury), while Gerald Mayhew and Nick Seeler were healthy scratches.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 14, 2019.

Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press