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Plays Of The Week: April 11

by Cate Gamache and Dara Wolf / Minnesota Wild



It’s time once again for Wild fans to decide the DQ Bakes Play of the Week based on three of the best efforts provided by Wild players from recent games. Voting ends Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

The winning vote getter for the week of April 4 was “Haula Streak.” As Ottawa tried to break the puck out of their zone, Jason Pominville intercepted a loose puck in the high slot, skated through two Ottawa defensemen and passed the puck across the slot. Erik Haula, who was waiting all alone on the back door, fired a shot past Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson to tie the game and extend his point streak to 10 games.

This week’s nominees are:

PLAY #1
Duby Robbery (April 5, 2016 vs. SJS)
With the Wild shorthanded, Devan Dubnyk stayed strong as the Sharks worked their man advantage. After a successful minute and a half penalty kill for the Wild, the Sharks came close to scoring when forward Joel Ward rifled a one-timer off a pass from teammate Tomas Hertl. Unfazed by the pressure, Dubnyk slid across the crease, blocking the shot and keeping the Sharks scoreless on the power play.

PLAY #2
Dalpe Sweep (April 9, 2016 vs. CGY)
Zac Dalpe
recorded his first goal of the season and first ever goal in a Wild sweater during the Calgary game on April 9th. Ryan Carter sent a pass towards Dalpe, who reached out and a with quick backhand swept the puck towards Calgary’s net, sliding under goaltender Niklas Backstrom’s pad to out the Wild ahead 1-0 in the 2nd period.

PLAY #3
Kuemper Vision (April 9, 2016 vs. CGY)
On a Calgary power play during the 3rd period, Michael Ferland waited near the crease and redirected a long shot from TJ Brodie. The puck hit Darcy Kuemper’s left pad and he was able to breathe a sigh of relief as he quickly covered the puck to avoid a rebound shot. His save kept the Wild up 1-0 in the 3rd.

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