Reigning Representatives, 7th-seeded ’08-’09 Wild, Defeat 3rd-seeded ’14-’15 Wild with Shutout in Game 6 From Backstrom

The 3rd-seeded ’14-’15 Wild held a 1-0 lead going into the third period of Game 1, but the 7th-seeded ’08-’09 Wild potted three goals in the third with a PP goal from Owen Nolan finishing off a 3-1 comeback. The ’14-’15 Wild came back with a 2-0 win in Game 2. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk faced just 21 shots and stopped them all while Jason Pominville and defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored the only goals. The ’14-’15 Wild held another lead in Game 3, 2-1 after the first period, but just like Game 1, the ’08-’09 Wild came back with two in the second and then an empty-netter to seal it in the third. Defenseman Jim Johnsson tallied three assists in the win. Then, in Game 4, Kyle Brodziak scored with just under two minutes left in the first to give the ’14-’15 Wild a 2-0 lead and that would eventually be the game-winner as the series was tied up.

A goal each from Charlie Coyle and Zach Parise in the second period of Game 5 gave the ’14-’15 Wild a 3-2 heading into the third, but Andrew Brunette scored for the ’08-’09 Wild with about six and a half minutes left to tie the game and eventually force overtime. Eric Belanger then ended overtime with just under eight minutes left in the period to give the ’08-’09 Wild a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 was not much of a competition. The ’08-’09 Wild outshot the ’14-’15 Wild 47-31 and Niklas Backstrom stopped all 31 shots against. Mikko Koivu totaled four points in the win with two goals and two assists. The reigning representatives took Game 6 by a final of 4-0 to advance to the Final.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Wild 0 0 3 3
’14-’15 Wild 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 MIN – 3   ’14-’15 MIN – 1   (1-0 ’08-’09 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – W   1.00 GAA   .980 SV% (50 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Andrew Brunette (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   2 S

3rd Star: RW – Owen Nolan (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   2 S   2 PIM

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Wild 0 0 0 0
’14-’15 Wild 0 2 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 MIN – 2   ’08-’09 MIN – 0   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Devan Dubnyk (’14-’15 MIN) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (21 SV’s)

2nd Star: D – Jared Spuregon (’14-’15 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   2 S

3rd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – L   2.00 GAA   .943 SV% (33 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Wild 2 0 0 2
’08-’09 Wild 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 MIN – 4   ’14-’15 MIN – 2   (2-1 ’08-’09 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Kim Johnsson (’08-’09 MIN) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   2 S

2nd Star: G – Devan Dubnyk (’14-’15 MIN) – L   3.00 GAA   .940 SV% (47 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – W   2.00 GAA   .938 SV% (30 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Wild 2 1 0 3
’08-’09 Wild 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 MIN – 3   ’08-’09 MIN – 1   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Jason Zucker (’14-’15 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S

2nd Star: G – Devan Dubnyk (’14-’15 MIN) – W   1.00 GAA   .964 SV% (27 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Kyle Brodziak (’14-’15 MIN) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   3 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Wild 2 0 1 1 4
’14-’15 Wild 1 2 0 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 MIN – 4   ’14-’15 MIN – 3   (OT)   (3-2 ’08-’09 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Cal Clutterbuck (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   2 S

2nd Star: C – Charlie Coyle (’14-’15 MIN) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   5 S

3rd Star: RW – Jason Pominville (’14-’15 MIN) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   4 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Wild 0 0 0 0
’08-’09 Wild 0 3 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 MIN – 4   ’14-’15 MIN – 0   (4-2 ’08-’09 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Mikko Koivu (’08-’09 MIN) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +4   10 S

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (31 SV’s)

3rd Star: RW – Marian Gaborik (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   5 S

The Final of the 2015 Minnesota Wild Qualifying Tournament will match the 4th-seeded ’07-’08 Wild and the 7th-seeded ’08-’09 Wild!

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