Good afternoon Wilderness! Wow! What a game last night... I think we should rename this year's team as the Cardiac Kids. Nothing comes easy with these guys, and they have you at the edge of your seat in every game.
Last night, the Minnesota Wild force a game seven in dramatic fashion. This time things broke the Wild's way as they got a timely, game winning goal from forward Zach Parise at the 13:31 mark of the third period.
Right on script, Av's head coach Patrick Roy would "again" pull his goalie with 2:44 left in the game. The move would backfire as the Wild would score two empty-net goals by Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella. Finally, the Wild were able to ice the game and send the crowd of 19,314 fans into a Wild frenzy.
Last night, Parise was nothing short of amazing, the former North Dakota star scored (2g-2a-4pts). Wild defenseman Ryan Suter had a "steady" night on the blue line and chipped in (0g-2a-2pts).
With his four point night, Parise (3g-7a-10pts) is now tied for the NHL lead in points with Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon (2g-8a-10pts). After the game Parise said, "I didn't come here to win a first round game." Game on...
Zach Parise (two goals, two assists tonight) is now tied with Nathan MacKinnon for most points in this series with 10.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) April 29, 2014
All-time, the Wild have a 1-1 series record against the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Wild head back to Denver, Colorado to try and make the all-time series 2-1 in favor of the Minnesota Wild. I am hoping that when Wednesday's game is over the Wild will be moving on to play the Chicago Blackhawks. But first things first.
Is History repeating itself?
I know that this video has been posted a lot in the last two weeks, but it would be poetic justice if the Wild could again return to the Denver and knock the Colorado Avalanche out of the playoffs. Think about this, the last game that Patrick Roy ever played in the NHL was on April 22, 2003, against the Minnesota Wild when the Avalanche lost 3-2 in over time. Nothing would please me more than to watch the Wild repeat history.
If this game follows the script, it will be a close, hard fought game. I am sure there's a good chance that we will see the head coach of the Avalanche pull his goalie with two-three minutes remaining in the third period, again. None of these games have been blowouts. In this series, the Wild have given the Av's very hard time. It's been tough sledding on the ice. I am sure we will all be sitting on the edge of our seats until the final horn. No matter what happens in Wednesday's game, this has been an emotional, hard fought, and a very exciting series. My heart also can't take any more games like this. Yep, Cardiac Kids. #believeinthewild
Game 7 will start at 8:30 on Wednesday.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) April 29, 2014