For the fourth consecutive season, the Minnesota Wild is headed to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. From a three-goal, third period opening night comeback, to the first-ever professional outdoor hockey game in the State Of Hockey, to its drive back to the postseason, Wild.com relives some of the best and biggest moments from the 2015-16 regular season.
Trailing 4-1 in the third period in game number one against the Colorado Avalanche, with its Central Division rival celebrating its 20th season that night, the Wild made a furious third period comeback, and earned what would in turn be a critical two points in the standings with a 5-4 victory at Pepsi Center.
Always with an off-ice presence, and active in the community, the Wild again gave back to the State of Hockey in many ways over the past six months.
WILD GRANTS WISH, SIGNS VILLEBRUN TO CONTRACT
WILD BRINGS CHEER TO LOCAL AREA HOSPITALS
DUMBA, SCANDELLA SHARE SKATE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
MATT OLSON NIGHT
KARELS, DUBNYK TEAM UP TO FUNDRAISE FOR CHARITIES
On the 10-year anniversary of the inaugural Minnesota Wild-Dallas Stars game, in a season that would play out to see the teams meet in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, those involved in that first game re-told the story of how it began.
FIRST WILD AND STARS GAME ELEVATED THE STAKES
In his second season wearing a Wild sweater, Devan Dubnyk left little doubt that not only was his 2014-15 season repeatable, but he was among the NHL's elites. Dubnyk put an exclamation point on that sentiment with his first All-Star Game selection.
ALL-STAR NOD THE LATEST BENCHMARK FOR DUBNYK
SKILLS COMPETITION, ALL-STAR WEEKEND CREATES MEMORIES
DUBNYK, WITH NEW CONFIDENCE, READY FOR SUCCESS
Though many moments created special memories this season, no weekend was more anticipated than the 2016 Stadium Series game between the Wild and Chicago Blackhawks.
STADIUM SERIES TAKEAWAYS
MINNESOTA ALUMNI UNITE FOR SPECIAL VICTORY
THE PATH TRAVELED FOR PARISE, SUTER RUNS FAMILIAR
WHEN HOCKEY GOES OUTSIDE, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
With a chance to create some cushion in the wild card race, the Wild traveled to Denver to March and defeated the Avalanche, 4-0, to conclude its season series.