Last year, Wild.com wanted help from our fans in the State of Hockey and beyond to help us select the Top Play of the Year. To do so, we needed you to pick the Top Plays each week, so we could pit them against each other in the offseason in a single-elimination tournament. We had so much fun, we're going to do it again this year.
Last week's winner went to Eden Prairie's own Chad Rau, who always scores his goals on Hockey Day. His first NHL goal came on Hockey Day Minnesota, but his first Top Play winner came on Hockey Day in America when he blistered a shot past Tim Thomas after looking off teammate Marco Scandella.
This week, the Wild won two of three games, and our three nominees come from the two victories. Erik Christensen shows up for the first time after he undressed Florida's Jose Theodore with a shootout game-winner. Cal Clutterbuck is in contention after taking the puck from behind his own net all the way until he deposited it into the San Jose net. And Matt Cullen will be in contention after his pretty midair tip of a Marco Scandella shot to tie the game against San Jose: