For sports fans, Saturday in September usually means college football, but Saturday, Sept. 20 is also a big day for hockey fans. Regular season tickets went on sale Saturday morning at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
The Minnesota Wild will start the regular season by renewing a brewing rivalry. The Wild open at home against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, Oct. 9.
It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Going into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, many people didn’t give the Minnesota Wild a chance to win it all. The Wild finished with 98 points on the season, clinching the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference and a date with the Central Division champion Colorado Avalanche.
It’s been a stomach-churning couple weeks for the Minnesota Wild and their fans. The team was decided underdogs against the Colorado Avalanche, and much more so against the Chicago Blackhawks.
As you know by now, the Minnesota Wild won their first playoff series in 11 years, defeating the Colorado Avalanche in seven games to move on to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
In Game 6 of the series versus Colorado, the best players for the Minnesota Wild proved to be just that. Zach Parise had a four-point night (2G, 2A) including the game-winning goal. Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter added two assists as Minnesota defeated Colorado 5-2 to even the series at 3-3, forcing Game 7 in Denver.
The Minnesota Wild are a little weary and worn out after winning a grueling seven-game series. There’s no time to rest, though. Not with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks waiting on deck.
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If you stayed up late to watch the Minnesota Wild face the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it was well worth it. Jared Spurgeon scored late in regulation to tie it 4-4 and send the game to overtime, and about five minutes into the extra session Nino Neiderreiter scored to send the Wild to the Western Conference semifinals.
The Minnesota Wild is just one win away from advancing to the next round in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The team is in Denver Wednesday, preparing to take on the Colorado Avalanche in a decisive Game 7.
Patrick Roy was quite calm and even cracked a few jokes as his team went through a light workout. No signs of stress at all. Of course, the first-year Colorado Avalanche coach has been in a few pressure-packed Game 7 situations as a Hall of Fame goaltender — 13 to be exact.
Zach Parise scored early and late on tipped shots, and the Minnesota Wild tacked on two empty-net goals for a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night that sent the first-round playoff series to a decisive Game 7. Parise and Mikko Koivu each had two assists. The teams will meet again in Denver on Wednesday night, with the winner taking on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals.
Center Matt Duchene has returned to the Colorado lineup. Duchene’s status for Game 6 of the first-round series at Minnesota was determined just before faceoff on Monday night. Coach Patrick Roy said earlier in the day that Duchene would have to be cleared by the team’s medical staff after taking part in warmups in order to play.
The Wild are trying to put Game 5, and what could have been, in their rear view mirrors Monday night before they head into Game 6 of the series. The Wild will take on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Xcel Energy Center 8 p.m. Monday night.
It’s going to be an exciting night for Minnesota Wild fans as they host the most important game of the season yet Monday night at Xcel Energy Center. After losing at Colorado Saturday night in Game 5 of its playoff series, the Wild need to win Game 6 to keep its season alive.