Minnesota closed out its season as Chicago earned the series win after a 4-3 Game 4 victory Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,163 at Xcel Energy Center. C Erik Haula, RW Jason Pominville and RW Nino Niederreiter each netted a goal for the Wild while G Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves.
The Wild moved to a 9-6 all-time record in elimination games. Minnesota suffered a series sweep for the second time in 10 all-time playoff series. The Wild fell to Anaheim 4-0 in the 2003 Western Conference Finals.
Minnesota moves to a 2-3 record on home ice this postseason. The Wild is 12-14 all-time in postseason play in Saint Paul and 7-4 in the last two postseasons on home ice.
D Matt Dumba set a career playoff high with five shots and used two assists to register his first career multi-point playoff game. The 20-year-old blueliner completes his first NHL postseason with four points (2-2=4) in 10 games. During the regular season, he set a franchise record for highest plus/minus rating (plus-13) by a rookie defenseman in franchise history, leading all NHL rookie defensemen this season. He ranked third amongst NHL rookie defensemen in goals (8), T-3rd in GWG (2) and fifth in points (16) and shots (86).
C Erik Haula scored Minnesota’s first goal of the game and his first of the postseason. He has eight points (5-3=8) in 15 career postseason games.
RW Jason Pominville netted the Wild’s second goal of the game, his first of the series. He totaled six points (3-3=6) in 10 games this postseason, ranking third in goals and T-2nd in points on the team.
RW Nino Niederreiter registered Minnesota’s third goal of the game. He ranked T-1st on the Wild in goals (4) and T-3rd in points (5) this postseason. He has 11 points (7-4=11) in 23 career playoff games.
D Ryan Suter tallied an assist and skated 29:37 tonight. He has led every Wild player in TOI in 27-of-28 (96.4%) playoff games during his last three postseasons, and opponents in 20-of-28 (71.4%). He led all NHL players in TOI/game each of the last three seasons since joining Minnesota.
LW Matt Cooke earned the primary assist on Haula’s goal, his second helper in seven games this postseason. He leads the Wild with 110 career playoff contests.
D Jared Spurgeon tallied the primary assist on Pominville’s goal, registering an assist in back-to-back games. He led the Wild this postseason with 21 blocked shots and owns 10 points (4-6=10) in 29 career playoff contests.
G Devan Dubnyk stopped 21-of-24 shots to finish his first NHL postseason. He went 4-6 with a 2.52 GAA, a .908 SV%, one shutout and an assist in 10 playoff games.
D Brent Seabrook, C Andrew Shaw, RW Patrick Kane and RW Marian Hossa each scored for the Blackhawks. G Corey Crawford made 34 saves for Chicago.