Backstrom Posts Third Shutout of Series in Game 5 as 7th-seeded ’08-’09 Wild Defeat 4th-seeded ’07-’08 Wild; Will Repeat as UNP Representatives

Three goals in the first 11 and a half minutes of Game 1 gave the 7th-seeded ’08-’09 Wild an early 3-0 lead. Stephane Veilleux scored shortly after the third goal to get the 4th-seeded ’07-’08 Wild on the board. However, Pierre-Marc Bouchard gave the ’08-’09 Wild their three-goal lead right back early in the second.  Two goals for the ’07-’08 Wild in a span of 51 seconds brought the lead back within one. But, that was the closest the ’07-’08 Wild would get to a comeback as the ’08-’09 Wild took the opening game 6-3. After being pulled in that first game, goaltender Niklas Backstrom posted a 41-save shutout in Game 2 for the ’07-’08 Wild. Mikko Koivu and Pavol Demitra both registered three-point games in the win.

The ’07-’08 Wild held a 3-1 lead after the first period of Game 3 with Bouchard getting the primary assist on two of them. The ’08-’09 Wild chipped away at the lead in the second, tying the game with a PP goal from Andrew Brunette. Then, early in the third, Antti Miettinen scored to complete the comeback for the ’08-’09 Wild as they won 4-3. Shots were even in Game 4, but the ’08-’09 Wild won 5-0. Backstrom stopped all 33 shots he saw as Bouchard, Koivu and defenseman Kim Johnsson all tallied multi-point games. Eric Belanger scored in the first period of Game 5 for the ’08-’09 Wild and that would be all they would need as Backstrom posted a 30-save shutout, his third of the tournament, to clinch a spot in the 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Wild 3 2 1 6
’07-’08 Wild 1 2 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 MIN – 6   ’07-’08 MIN – 3   (1-0 ’08-’09 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Mikko Koivu (’08-’09 MIN) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   14 S

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – W   3.00 GAA   .942 SV% (49 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Pierre-Marc Bouchard (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   4 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Wild 0 0 0 0
’07-’08 Wild 1 0 2 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’07-’08 MIN – 3   ’08-’09 MIN – 0   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’07-’08 MIN) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (41 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Pavol Demitra (’07-’08 MIN) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   4 S

3rd Star: C – Mikko Koivu (’07-’08 MIN) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +3   1 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Wild 3 0 0 3
’08-’09 Wild 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 MIN – 4   ’07-’08 MIN – 3   (2-1 ’08-’09 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Antti Miettinen (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’07-’08 MIN) – L   4.00 GAA   .937 SV% (59 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Dominic Moore (’07-’08 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   1 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Wild 0 0 0 0
’08-’09 Wild 3 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 MIN – 5   ’07-’08 MIN – 0   (3-1 ’08-’09 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star:G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (33 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Pierre-Marc Bouchard (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +5   2 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: C – Mikko Koivu (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   6 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Wild 1 0 0 1
’07-’08 Wild 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 MIN – 1   ’07-’08 MIN – 0   (4-1 ’08-’09 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star:G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (30 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’07-’08 MIN) – L   1.00 GAA   .974 SV% (37 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Eric Belanger (’07-’08 MIN) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   7 S

The ’08-’09 Wild are the 21st team to now qualify for the 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff. It will be their second trip to the tournament and they are the 13th team that will repeat as their franchises representatives. Up next is the 2015 Nashville Predators Qualifying Tournament!

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