Roloson Stops 46 of 47 in Game 7 to lead the Top-seeded ’02-’03 Wild over the 8th-seeded ’10-’11 Wild

In Game 1, Martin Havlat scored late in the third for the 8th-seeded ’10-’11 Wild to force an overtime. Then, Havlat scored just 22 seconds into overtime to give the ’10-’11 Wild a 3-2 win to start the series. The top-seeded ’02-’03 Wild responded with a 4-0 win in Game 2 as a Dwayne Roloson pitched a 35-save shutout. It was a very balanced offensive effort as no player registered more than one point in the win. In Game 3, the game was tied after two periods, but Pascal Dupuis scored 10 seconds into the third to give the ’02-’03 Wild a 3-2 lead. Defenseman Brent Burns tied the game a little over a minute later. Then, at the 9:29 mark, Andrew Brunette scored the last goal of the game and the game-winner for the ’02-’03 Wild. The ’02-’03 Wild then outshot the ’10-’11 Wild 49-34 in Game 4, but the 8th-seed won the game 6-2. Havlat and Mikko Koivu posted three points each and Antti Miettinen and defenseman Marek Zidlicky both posted two points each.

Game 5 featured a total of 108 shots on goal, with 61 coming from the ’02-’03 Wild, and they won 3-1. Roloson stopped 46 of 47 in the game and Niklas Backstrom stopped 58 of 61 for the ’10-’11 Wild. The ’10-’11 Wild staved off elimination by taking Game 6 by a final of 4-1 and forcing Game 7. Havlat scored twice and Burns posted two assists in the win. The ’02-’03 Wild came out and dominated early in Game 7. They scored three goals in a span of eight plus minutes in the first period. The ’10-’11 Wild got one back late in the first. The second period was scoreless and Brunette added a fourth for the ’10-’11 Wild in the third to make it 4-1. That would stand as the final with Cliff Ronning and Sergei Zholtok leading the way with two points each. Roloson had yet another stellar game as he posted a .978 save percentage in Game 7. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Wild 1 0 1 1 3
’02-’03 Wild 1 1 0 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 MIN – 3   ’02-’03 MIN – 2   (OT)   (1-0 ’10-’11 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’10-’11 MIN) – W   2.00 GAA   .961 SV% (49 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Martin Havlat (’10-’11 MIN) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   7 S

3rd Star: RW – Marian Gaborik (’02-’03 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   6 S   2 PIM

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Wild 0 0 0 0
’02-’03 Wild 0 2 2 4

GAME SUMMARY:   ’02-’03 MIN – 4   ’10-’11 MIN – 0   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Dwayne Roloson (’02-’03 MIN) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (35 SV’s)   SO

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’10-’11 MIN) – L   4.00 GAA   .929 SV% (52 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Richard Park (’02-’03 MIN) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   5 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’02-’03 Wild 0 2 2 4
’10-’11 Wild 0 2 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:   ’02-’03 MIN – 4   ’10-’11 MIN – 3   (2-1 ’02-’03 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Filip Kuba (’02-’03 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   8 S

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’10-’11 MIN) – L   4.00 GAA   .918 SV% (45 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Brent Burns (’10-’11 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   2 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’02-’03 Wild 1 0 1 2
’10-’11 Wild 3 0 3 6

GAME SUMMARY:   ’10-’11 MIN – 6   ’02-’03 MIN – 2   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Martin Havlat (’10-’11 MIN) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   7 S

2nd Star: C – Mikko Koivu (’10-’11 MIN) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   7 S

3rd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’10-’11 MIN) – W   2.00 GAA   .959 SV% (47 SV’s)

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Wild 0 0 1 1
’02-’03 Wild 1 2 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:   ’02-’03 MIN – 3   ’10-’11 MIN – 1   (3-2 ’02-’03 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Dwayne Roloson (’02-’03 MIN) – W   1.00 GAA   .979 SV% (46 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’10-’11 MIN) – L   3.00 GAA   .951 SV% (58 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Filip Kuba (’02-’03 MIN) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   8 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’02-’03 Wild 0 1 0 1
’10-’11 Wild 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:   ’10-’11 MIN – 4   ’02-’03 MIN – 1   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’10-’11 MIN) – W   1.00 GAA   .977 SV% (43 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Martin Havlat (’10-’11 MIN) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   8 S

3rd Star: D – Brent Burns (’10-’11 MIN) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   3 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Wild 1 0 0 1
’02-’03 Wild 3 0 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:   ’02-’03 MIN – 4   ’10-’11 MIN – 1   (4-3 ’02-’03 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Dwayne Roloson (’02-’03 MIN) – W   1.00 GAA   .978 SV% (46 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Andrew Brunette (’02-’03 MIN) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   5 S

3rd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’10-’11 MIN) – L   4.00 GAA   .925 SV% (49 SV’s)

Up next is the 4-5 matchup between the ’07-’08 Wild and the ’06-’07 Wild!

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