Nashville used four, second-period goals en route to a 7-3 victory Sunday night at Xcel Energy Center. C Erik Haula, RW Jason Pominville and LW Zach Parise scored for Minnesota. G Ilya Bryzgalov moved to 7-1-3 with the Wild, earning his first regulation loss since Jan. 24. Minnesota. The Wild will open Round 1 play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, facing the Avalanche Thursday in Denver at 8:30 p.m. CT.
The Wild will face the Colorado Avalanche in the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, beginning Thursday, April 17 at 8:30 p.m. (CT) at Pepsi Center in Denver, with Game 2 set for Saturday, April 19 at 8:30 p.m. CT. The Wild will host Game 3 on Monday, April 21, at 6:00 p.m. (CT) and Game 4 on Thursday, April 24, at 8:30 p.m. (CT). Minnesota will also host Game 6, if necessary, on Monday, April 28. Time for that game is TBA.
A sellout crowd of 18,658 watched tonight’s contest – the Wild’s 25th straight sellout at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota earned sellouts in 34 of its 41 home games this season, including the largest crowd to ever watch a Wild game at Xcel Energy Center, 19,409, on April 5 vs. Pittsburgh.
Minnesota saw its point streak end at seven games (6-0-1). The Wild finished the season with 98 points, T-2nd for most in a season in team history. The Wild went 43-27-12 overall, including 26-10-5 at Xcel Energy Center.
RW Jason Pominville netted his 30th goal of the season to become just the third Wild player in franchise history to hit the 30-goal mark, joining Marian Gaborik (5x) and Brian Rolston (3x). Along with the goal, he netted two assists to earn his 29th career three-point game (third of the season). He leads the Wild in goals and points (30-30=60) this season and has tallied 27 points (12-15=27) in his last 30 contests. It’s the 15th time a Wild player has hit the 60-point mark, becoming the eighth player to do so. He’s hit the 60-point mark in six of his nine NHL seasons.
C Erik Haula earned his first career multi-point game, tallying a goal and an assist. He has seven points in his last seven games (3-4=7), and 15 points (7-8=15) in 46 games during his rookie season.
LW Zach Parise scored the Wild’s third goal of the night – his 14th power-play goal (T-4th in the NHL). He has points in seven of his last nine games (5-5=10) and 29 points (14-15=29) in the last 28 games. He ranks second on the Wild with 29 goals and 56 points in 67 games this season. Minnesota is 18-4-2 when he scores a goal this season and 28-5-7 when he tallies at least one point.
D Jared Spurgeon tallied the secondary assist on Haula’s goal, setting a new career-high with 21. He has 14 points (4-10=14) in his last 25 games and a career-best 26 points (5-21=26) in 67 games this season.
LW Matt Moulson earned an assist on Pominville’s goal. He has 13 points (6-7=13) in 20 games since being acquired by Minnesota on March 5. He has 21 points (8-13=21) in his last 26 games overall, totaling 51 points (23-28=51) in 75 games this season.
C Mikko Koivu tallied an assist on Parise’s goal. He leads the NHL with 14 assists and T-2nd with 17 points since March 18. He has 54 points (11-43=54) in 65 games this season.
G Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 16-of-21 shots through two periods to move to 7-1-3 with Minnesota – his first regulation loss since Jan. 24. G John Curry made 10 saves in 20 minutes on relief.
D Clayton Stoner returned to the lineup after missing the last 10 games with a lower-body injury.
C Craig Smith scored twice for Nashville, while LW Rich Clune, D Ryan Ellis, D Shea Weber, D Roman Josi and C Calle Jarnkrok each scored a goal. G Carter Hutton made 26 saves.