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 Play each week, so we could pit them against each other in the offseason in a single-elimination tournament. Last year's winner was Jason Zucker's first-career goals against Detroit. We had so much fun, we're going to do it again this year.
This season, we're getting help selecting the top play each week from our friends at Dairy Queen.Last week, a paddle save from Ilya Bryzgalov took the honors. The netminder robbed Pittsburgh’s James Neal, who was in the slot alone with a wide open net. Bryzgalov quickly jutted his stick across the goalmouth to stop the puck and keep any thought of a Penguins comeback at bay.
This week we have three plays from some standout performances: Kyle Brodziak’s shorthanded goal against St. Louis, a stellar save from John Curry and finally, Jason Pominville’s team-leading 30th goal of the season.
First up is Brodziak’s shortie against the Blues. Working on the penalty kill, Nate Prosser held the zone and threaded a pass down to Matt Cooke, who walked to the low slot and chipped the puck at Miller. Brodziak was trailing in through center and picked up the rebound. The goal was his first of the two that night.
Up next, is a solid effort from John Curry. Making his first start and appearance in a Wild sweater, Curry registered a career night with 43 saves on 45 shots, including a stellar glove save early in the third to keep is 4-2 against the Blues. St. Louis’s Alex Pietrangelo fired a far shot on net where the Derek Roy went to tap it in. But Curry simply said “not today,” sweeping up a glove save.
Finally, Pominville puts in another top play bid this season with his 30th goal of the year. Working with Matt Moulson and Erik Haula in the first period of the regular-season finale, against Nashville, Pominville made his way to the net on the far side while Moulson and Haula worked high in the zone. Moulson fed Pominville down low and he was there to tap it home. The goal was his second point of the night and 60th (30-30=60) of the season.