Getting ushered into games at random times is normal protocol for Wild backup Alex Stalock. In just the fourth game of the season he appeared in the second period, mop-up duty in an eventual 7-4 loss to the Penguins.
What's more rare is taking over due to an injury, the circumstance Stalock found himself in Tuesday when Devan Dubnyk left the game after a second-period collision.
But the transition didn't sting the Wild. Instead, the team held on for a 3-0 win over the Oilers at Xcel Energy Center to mark just the second time in franchise history that a pair of netminders combined for a shutout victory.
"Gotta be ready at all times," Stalock said. "That's part of the job."
Unlike baseball where a reliever gets a handful of warm-up tosses, Stalock didn't take any shots to prepare. He stretched briefly and then was between the pipes, one of the most critical moments of the game in front of him.