4th-seeded ’07-’08 Wild Win Game 7, 5-3, over 5th-seeded ’06-’07 Wild after Blowing 3-0 Series Lead

Two goals in the first and two goals in the third of Game 1 led the 4th-seeded ’07-’08 Wild a 4-1 win. Marian Gaborik potted two goals, including a PP goal in the third, and added an assist in the win. Then, in Game 2, Gaborik scored twice yet again with his second tying the game and eventually forcing an overtime. Defenseman Brent Burns scored the overtime winner five plus minutes into the overtime to give the ’07-’08 Wild a 2-0 series lead. Then, despite being outshot 53-25, the ’07-’08 Wild won Game 3 by a score of 4-1. Gaborik and defenseman Kim Johnsson both posted three points with Gaborik tallying two goals and one assist and Johnsson totaling three assists. In Game 4, the 5th-seeded ’06-’07 Wild took a 2-1 lead late in the third thanks to a goal from Brian Rolston. However, in the final minute, with the goalie pulled, Eric Belanger scored for the ’07-’08 Wild to force overtime. Once again, it was Burns who potted the overtime winner, but this time for the ’06-’07 Wild who fought off the sweep.

The ’06-’07 Wild trailed in Game 5, 2-1, but in the final two minutes and five seconds of the second, Gaborik and Pavol Demitra scored to turn the table. The ’06-’07 Wild took a 3-2 lead and held it until Pierre-Marc Bouchard potted one into the empty-netter to give the ’06-’07 Wild a 4-2 win and bring the series lead down to 3-2. Then, in Game 6, the ’06-’07 Wild scored three times in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and force a Game 7. Rolston led the way with a goal and three assists and Pascal Dupuis posted two goals and an assist in the win.The ’07-’08 Wild took a 2-1 lead into the second period thanks to a goal in the final minute of the period from Koivu. The second period went scoreless, but Mark Parrish scored early in the third to give the ’07-’08 Wild a 3-1 lead. The ’06-’07 Wild staged a comeback with two goals in 30 seconds halfway through the third to tie the game 3-3. However, Gaborik potted yet another at the 17:27 mark to retake the lead for the ’07-’08 Wild and the Parrish scored his second of the period in the final minute to ensure victory for the ’07-’08 Wild as they won Game 7 by a score of 5-3.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Wild 0 1 0 1
’07-’08 Wild 2 0 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’07-’08 MIN – 4   ’06-’07 MIN – 1   (1-0 ’07-’08 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Marian Gaborik (’07-’08 MIN) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   11 S

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’07-’08 MIN) – W   1.00 GAA   .968 SV% (30 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Manny Fernandez (’06-’07 MIN) – L   4.00 GAA   .918 SV% (45 SV’s)

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Wild 1 1 0 0 2
’07-’08 Wild 0 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’07-’08 MIN – 3   ’06-’07 MIN – 2   (OT)   (2-0 ’07-’08 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Marian Gaborik (’07-’08 MIN) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   14 S   2 PIM

2nd Star: G – Manny Fernandez (’06-’07 MIN) – OTL   3.00 GAA   .939 SV% (46 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’07-’08 MIN) – W   2.00 GAA   .946 SV% (35 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Wild 3 0 1 4
’06-’07 Wild 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’07-’08 MIN – 4   ’06-’07 MIN – 1   (3-0 ’07-’08 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’07-’08 MIN) – W   1.00 GAA   .981 SV% (52 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Marian Gaborik (’07-’08 MIN) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   9 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: D – Kim Johnsson (’07-’08 MIN) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +3   0 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Wild 0 1 1 0 2
’06-’07 Wild 0 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 MIN – 3   ’07-’08 MIN – 2   (OT)   (3-1 ’07-’08 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Mikko Koivu (’06-’07 MIN) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   2 S

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’07-’08 MIN) – OTL   3.00 GAA   .933 SV% (42 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Brian Rolston (’06-’07 MIN) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   15 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Wild 1 2 1 4
’07-’08 Wild 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 MIN – 4   ’07-’08 MIN – 2   (3-2 ’07-’08 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Manny Fernandez (’06-’07 MIN) – W   2.00 GAA   .950 SV% (38 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Brian Rolston (’06-’07 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   7 S

3rd Star: D – Kim Johnsson (’07-’08 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   3 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Wild 1 1 0 2
’06-’07 Wild 0 2 3 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 MIN – 5   ’07-’08 MIN – 2   (OT)   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Brian Rolston (’06-’07 MIN) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +3   10 S

2nd Star: LW – Pascal Dupuis (’06-’07 MIN) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   7 S

3rd Star: C – Mikko Koivu (’06-’07 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +4   5 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Wild 1 0 2 3
’07-’08 Wild 2 0 3 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’07-’08 MIN – 5   ’06-’07 MIN – 3   (4-3 ’07-’08 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Mikko Koivu (’07-’08 MIN) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: RW – Mark Parrish (’07-’08 MIN) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   6 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: C – Todd White (’06-’07 MIN) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   2 S

Up next is the 2-7 matchup between the ’13-’14 Wild and the ’08-’09 Wild!

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