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Wild Plays Of The Week: Dec. 29

by Mike Doyle / Minnesota Wild

Over the last few seasons, Wild.com wanted help from fans in the State of Hockey and beyond to help 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 season, Zach Parise’s stellar wrister against Calgary won top honors, defeating Mikko Koivu’s tic-tap-tip-in play against Winnipeg.

For the second week in a row, Nino Niederreiter's play was voted as the top. This time it was his penalty shot goal against Chicago.

This week, we have three different players looking to leave their mark on the Dairy Queen Top Play of the Week board—two with big slap shots and one with a soft set of mitts.

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. It’s a lesson Marco Scandella has learned and put to use against the Philadelphia Flyers. The blueliner’s initial attempt from the point was blocked. When the puck returned to his stick, he made sure that the second attempt was getting though as he blasted it past Flyers’ netminder Ray Emery.

Up next, Mikael Granlund used a softer touch against the Winnipeg Jets. He took an entry pass from his running mate, Jason Pominville, and tucked it between the goaltender’s legs.

Finally, Pominville shows he’s got a decent slapper to go along with his soft passing touch. The wing wound up and unleashed a pin-point laser into the upper-left corner of the net against the Jets. 

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