Goaltender Niklas Backstrom Leads ’08-’09 Wild Over ’11-’12 Coyotes in Six Games

The ’08-’09 Wild pulled off a seeded upset in this series, but the two teams could not be more evenly matched. The team stats were almost identical between the two sides. The ’08-’09 Wild won because Niklas Backstrom outplayed his counterpart Mike Smith. Backstrom posted a 2.33 GAA and a .929 SV% with a shutout in Game 3. Captain Mikko Koivu led the ’08-’09 Wild offensively with five goals and two assists for seven points, including an overtime game-winning goal in Game 1. Koivu was followed closely behind by forwards Owen Nolan, Antti Miettinen, Eric Belanger and Andrew Brunette who all posted six points, with Miettinen scoring the most goals (3) and Belanger posting the most assists (5) out of the four of them.

Mike Smith played well, but could not match Backstrom save for save in this series. He posted a 3.33 GAA and a .896 SV% over the six games. Offensively, the ’11-’12 Coyotes were led by veteran Ray Whitney who posted one goal and five assists for six points. Defenseman Keith Yandle and winger Radim Vrbata were the team’s leading goal scorer’s with three, with Vrbata scoring a game-winning goal in the third period of Game 2. Winger Mikkel Boedker posted two goals and one assists for three points, including an overtime game-winner in Game 4.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. MIN – G – Niklas Backstrom – 4-1-1   2.33 GAA   .929 SV%   1 SO   11 Star Points
  2. MIN – RW – Owen Nolan – 2 G   4 A   6 P   +3   20 S   3 Star Points
  3. MIN – C – Mikko Koivu – 5 G   2 A   7 P   +3   27 S   2 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 2 0 1 1 4
#30 ‘11-’12 Coyotes 1 0 2 0 3

GAME SUMMARY: MIN – 4   PHX – 3 (OT)   (1-0 MIN)

1st Period:

  • MIN Goal: O. Nolan (1) assisted by A. Brunette (1), M-A. Bergeron (1)
  • PHX Goal: R. Vrbata (1) assisted by R. Whitney (1), R. Klesla (1)
  • MIN Goal: O. Nolan (2) assisted by A. Brunette (2)

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

  • PHX Goal: K. Yandle (1) assisted by D. Langkow (1), M. Hanzal (1)
  • MIN Goal: D. Fritsche (1) assisted by M. Skoula (1), B. Pouliot (1)
  • PHX Goal: R. Torres (1) assisted by R. Whitney (2)

Overtime:

  • MIN PP-Goal: M. Koivu (1) assisted by M. Zidlicky (1), C. Gillies (1)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 0 2 0 2
#30 ‘11-’12 Coyotes 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: PHX – 3   MIN – 2   (1-1 Tie)

1st Period:

  • PHX Goal: M. Hanzal (1) assisted by D. Langkow (2), K. Yandle (1)

2nd Period:

  • MIN Goal: S. Veilleux (1) assisted by J. Sheppard (1), C. Clutterbuck (1)
  • PHX Goal: R. Vrbata (2) assisted by R. Whitney (3), K. Yandle (2)
  • MIN PP-Goal: A. Brunette (1) assisted by M. Koivu (1), M. Zidlicky (2)

3rd Period:

  • PHX Goal: R. Vrbata (3) assisted by R. Whitney (4), R. Klesla (2)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#30 ‘11-’12 Coyotes 0 0 0 0
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 2 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: MIN – 3   PHX – 0   (2-1 MIN)

1st Period:

  • MIN Goal: P-M. Bouchard (1) assisted by A. Miettinen (1), E. Belanger (1)
  • MIN Goal: M. Koivu (2) assisted by A. Brunette (3), O. Nolan (3)

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

  • MIN Goal: M-A. Bergeron (1) assisted by S. Veilleux (1)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#30 ‘11-’12 Coyotes 2 1 1 1 5
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 2 0 2 0 4

GAME SUMMARY: PHX – 5   MIN – 4 (OT)   (2-2 Tie)

1st Period:

  • MIN Goal: A. Miettinen (1) assisted by P-M. Bouchard (1), E. Belanger (2)
  • PHX Goal: B. Gordon (1) assisted by T. Pyatt (1), M. Boedker (1)
  • PHX Goal: K. Yandle (2) assisted by R. Vrbata (1)
  • MIN Goal: M. Koivu (3) assisted by A. Brunette (4), O. Nolan (3)

2nd Period:

  • PHX Goal: M. Boedker (1) assisted by B. Gordon (1), R. Klesla (3)

3rd Period:

  • MIN Goal: S. Veilleux (2) assisted by C. Clutterbuck (2)
  • PHX PP-Goal: K. Yandle (2) assisted by R. Whitney (5), R. Vrbata (2)
  • MIN Goal: M. Koivu (4) assisted by A. Miettinen (2), K. Johnsson (1)

Overtime:

  • PHX Goal: M. Boedker (2) assisted by R. Klesla (4), T. Pyatt (2)

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 1 1 1 3
#30 ‘11-’12 Coyotes 1 0 1 2

GAME SUMMARY: MIN – 3   PHX – 2   (3-2 MIN)

1st Period:

  • MIN Goal: M. Koivu (5) assisted by K. Johnsson (2), O. Nolan (4)
  • PHX Goal: D. Langkow (1) assisted by M. Hanzal (2), R. Torres (1)

2nd Period:

  • MIN Goal: A. Miettinen (2) assisted by E. Belanger (3)

3rd Period:

  • MIN Goal: A. Miettinen (3) assisted by E. Belanger (4), P-M. Bouchard (2)
  • PHX Goal: R. Whitney (1) assisted by K. Turris (1)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#30 ‘11-’12 Coyotes 0 1 0 1
#35 ‘08-’09 Wild 2 2 0 4

GAME SUMMARY: MIN – 4   PHX – 1   (4-2 MIN)

1st Period:

  • MIN Goal: C. Clutterbuck (1) assisted by M. Zidlicky (3)
  • MIN Goal: A. Brunette (2) assisted by O. Nolan (4), M. Koivu (2)

2nd Period:

  • MIN Goal: E. Belanger (1) assisted by M. Zidlicky (4), P-M. Bouchard (3)
  • PHX Goal: O. Ekman-Larsson (1) assisted by D. Langkow (3)
  • MIN Goal: P-M. Bouchard (2) assisted by A. Miettinen (3), E. Belanger (5)

3rd Period:

Now, the 35th-seeded ’08-’09 Minnesota Wild advance to the 2nd Round to face a division rival, the 3rd-seeded ’07-’08 Detroit Red Wings.

Up next in the 1st Round is a matchup between the 19th-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames and the 46th-seeded ’19-’10 Quebec Bulldogs.

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