The Wild scored twice in a 1:26 span of the second period en route to victory of Game 5 Friday night in St. Louis. Minnesota now leads the series, 3-2, with a chance to clinch the series Sunday in Saint Paul. D Marco Scandella, RW Nino Niederreiter, C Mikko Koivu and C Charlie Coyle scored for the Wild while G Devan Dubnyk made 36 saves to earn the victory. The series will shift back to Saint Paul as Round 1 continues with Game 6 Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on KFAN 100.3 FM and NBC (locally and nationally), while FOX Sports North will continue to have pre- and post-game coverage in the local market.
Minnesota leads a series, 3-2, for the first time in its nine all-time playoff series. Tonight’s game marked the fourth time the Wild had been tied in a series, 2-2. The Wild moved to 3-6 all-time in Game 5, earning its first Game 5 victory since the first two rounds in 2003.
Minnesota moved to 2-1 on the road this series. During the regular season, the Wild set franchise records in road wins (24) and points (50). The Wild also set a franchise record and tied the NHL record with 12 consecutive road wins (in its final 13 road games).
Minnesota still hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation since Jan. 11 and 13 (pre-Dubnyk).
Minnesota scored on its only power-play opportunity in the game. The Wild leads the NHL with a 50.0% conversion rate on the power play this postseason, scoring four PPG on eight opportunities.
For the first time this series, the team scoring first did not win. For the fourth game this series, the winning team scored at least four goals.
RW Nino Niederreiter netted the game-winning goal in the second period – becoming the Wild’s franchise all-time leader with three career playoff GWG, passing Wes Walz and Mikael Granlund. Niederreiter is tied for the Wild lead with two goals this series, has three points (2-1=3) in the last three games and has nine points (5-4=9) in 18 career playoff games.
G Devan Dubnyk made a playoff career-high 36 saves. Earlier in the evening, Dubnyk was named one of three finalists for the 2015 Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s top goaltender. Montreal’s Carey Price and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne were also named finalists.
C Mikko Koivu scored his first career power-play goal with the Wild’s third marker of the night, also posting three hits and 14 playoff wins. The Wild captain is the franchise all-time leader with 34 playoff games and has 15 points (7-8=15) in that span.
D Marco Scandella scored on the Wild’s first shot of the game and earned a plus-2 rating and three blocked shots on the night. The defenseman has two goals this series – tying his career high in postseason goals and seven points (5-2=7) in 23 career playoff games. The 25-year-old registered career highs in goals (11) and points (23) in just 64 games during the regular season.
C Charlie Coyle scored the game’s final goal in the third period. He has two points (1-1=2) this series and 11 points (4-7=11) in 23 career playoff games.
LW Zach Parise registered the primary assist on Koivu’s goal – earning his Wild-best fourth assist and fifth point of the series, also adding four hits on the night. The Wild alternate captain ranks first in franchise history with 14 playoff assists and second with 20 points (23 games). He leads all Wild players with 63 career playoff points (27-36=63) in 84 career NHL postseason games.
D Ryan Suter earned his first point of the series with an assist on Koivu’s goal and skated a Wild game-high 27:19. The defenseman has 21 points (5-16=21) in 62 career playoff games. He has led the Wild in four-of-five games this series and 22-of-23 playoff games during his time with Minnesota
D Jared Spurgeon assisted on Scandella’s goal and earned a plus-2 rating with two blocked shots. The defenseman has three points (1-2=3) this series and eight points (3-5=8) in 23 career postseason contests.
RW Chris Stewart assisted on Niederreiter’s goal, his second assist of the series. He has eight points (5-3=8) in 24 career playoff games.
LW Thomas Vanek assisted on Coyle’s goal, his second helper of the series. He added three shots on the night and has 32 points (20-12=32) in 57 career playoff games.
RW Vladimir Tarasenko opened the game’s scoring. G Jake Allen stopped 15-of-19 shots.