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.
Charlie Coyle's breakaway goal scored from behind the goal line against Edmonton was "The 1" play of the night by FOX Sports Live, and it was the one selected by Wild fans as the top play of the week last week.
A precision perfect backhand goal by a Minnesota Wild forward usually means Mikko Koivu scored, but last Tuesday, Jason Zucker imitated Koivu’s backhand with his speedy goal against the Blackhawks. Then Mikael Granlund found his sweet spot in the slot with his wicked one timer that went past Corey Crawford and the Hawks.
And the third play this week isn’t a goal, but actually a save by Jonas Brodin. In the waning minutes of a 1-0 game against Colorado, it looked as if the Avalanche was about to score. But the Swedish defenseman came to the rescue with his stick save and swept the puck out of the blue paint.