’14-’15 Wild Defeat ’08-’09 Wild in Seven Games to Clinch First UNP Appearance

_____ Dubnyk out-dueled his counterpart as the '14-'15 Minnesota Wild clinched their first UNP berth. (via Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Devan Dubnyk out-dueled his counterpart as the ’14-’15 Minnesota Wild clinched their first UNP berth. (via Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Here is the 2016 Minnesota Wild Qualifying Tournament in its entirety.

For the first time in Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’08-’09 Minnesota Wild will not be the franchises representative. The ’14-’15 Minnesota Wild came back from a 3-2 series deficit to clinch their berth in seven games. It was a low-scoring series and Game 1 was the highest-scoring game of the series as the ’14-’15 Wild won 4-2. The ’08-’09 Wild took a 2-1 lead early in the third period, but the ’14-’15 Wild scored three unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes of the game to win it. Nino Niederreiter scored twice while Jason Pominville tallied three assists. After Game 1, this series truly became a battle of the goaltenders. In Game 2, after each team scored a PP goal in the third period, Stephane Veilleux scored an OT winner for the ’08-’09 Wild about halfway through overtime to tie the series at one apiece. Niklas Backstrom stopped 52 of 53 shots against in the win.

He then pitched a 38-save shutout in Game 3 as Eric Belanger scored the only goal in a 1-0 win. Devan Dubnyk responded by pitching a 29-save shutout in Game 4 for the ’14-’15 Wild in a 3-0 win. Zach Parise and Pominville both registered a goal and an assist. The ’08-’09 Wild got their second overtime win of the series with a 2-1 OT win in Game 5. It was Pierre-Marc Bouchard who potted the OT winner this time as Backstrom stopped 35 of 36 shots against. Now facing elimination, the ’14-’15 Wild took Game 6 by a score of 2-1 behind 32 saves from Dubnyk and two points from Parise. In Game 7, Mikko Koivu scored the lone goal of the game at the 6:54 mark of the second period as Dubnyk pitched a 37-save shutout. With the win, the ’14-’15 Wild clinched their first UNP berth and denied the ’08-’09 of the three-peat.

GAME 1:

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

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 MIN – 4   ’08-’09 MIN – 2   (1-0   ’14-’15 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Nino Niederreiter (’14-’15 MIN) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: G – Devan Dubnyk (’14-’15 MIN) – W   2.00 GAA   .951 SV% (39 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Mikko Koivu (’14-’15 MIN) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   6 S

GAME 2:

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

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

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – W   1.00 GAA   .981 SV% (52 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Devan Dubnyk (’14-’15 MIN) – OTL   2.00 GAA   .951 SV% (39 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Stephane Veilleux (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   2 S

GAME 3:

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

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

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (38 SV’s)   SO

2nd Star: G – Devan Dubnyk (’14-’15 MIN) – L   1.00 GAA   .978 SV% (45 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Eric Belanger (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   1 S

GAME 4:

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

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 MIN – 3   ’08-’09 MIN – 0   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Devan Dubnyk (’14-’15 MIN) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (29 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Jason Pominville (’14-’15 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   2 S

3rd Star: LW – Zach Parise (’14-’15 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

GAME 5:

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

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

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – W   1.00 GAA   .972 SV% (35 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Devan Dubnyk (’14-’15 MIN) – OTL   2.00 GAA   .950 SV% (38 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Pierre Marc-Bouchard (’08-’09 MIN) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   5 S

GAME 6:

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

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

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Devan Dubnyk (’14-’15 MIN) – W   1.00 GAA   .970 SV% (32 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – L   2.00 GAA   .952 SV% (40 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Zach Parise (’14-’15 MIN) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   11 S

GAME 7:

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

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 MIN – 1   ’08-’09 MIN – 0   (4-3   ’14-’15 MIN)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Devan Dubnyk (’14-’15 MIN) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (37 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Niklas Backstrom (’08-’09 MIN) – L   1.00 GAA   .978 SV% (45 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Mikko Koivu (’14-’15 MIN) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   7 S   2 PIM

Up next is the 2016 Quebec Nordiques Qualifying Tournament

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