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.
Last week’s winning play was Jason Pominville’s Tic-Tac-Pom goal.
Ryan Suter battled through two players, or as Matt Dumba later called it “he went beast mode” to get the puck out of the Wild’s zone in overtime against Nashville. Dumba picked up the puck and gave it to speedy forward Zach Parise, who in turn carried the puck in wide along the boards.
Then, it was about as perfect of a one-timer as possible — Matt Dumba received a pass back from Parise and blasted one past Pekka Rinne to give the Wild two points in Music City.
Next up is Jared Spurgeon’s power play tally against Washington. Mikael Granlund caught Spurgeon cheating down back door, but a Capitals defender intercepted the pass, yet just enough that it popped up and Spurgeon took a baseball swing at the puck and in to the net.
Then rounding out the vote this week is Chris Stewart’s speedy breakaway goal against his former team, St. Louis. He picked off a pass in the defensive zone, then beat two Blues’ defenders down the ice before sliding the puck five hole past Brian Elliott for the first goal of the game.
Now it’s time for you to make your pick for your favorite play of the past week.