Canucks End Wild’s Season with 5-4 OT Win
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The Minnesota Wild saw their season come to an end at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks after a 5-4 overtime loss Friday night. The Canucks will advance to the NHL Playoffs while the Wild now head into the offseason. Minnesota led by a 3-1 score heading into the third period but couldn’t close out the win.
Vancouver was back on their bullshit in Game 4, but Ryan Hartman was having none of it. Just like the Wild did in Game 1, they showed the Canucks they meant business.
The Wild got the scoring started on a power play goal by Luke Kunin to take a 1-0 lead. After going 0 for their last 13 on power plays in Games 2 and 3, it was nice to see the Wild take advantage of their opportunities for once.
GOAL. Luke Kunin scores on the power play to give Minnesota the early lead.— Hockey Wilderness (@hockeywildernes) August 8, 2020
After Tanner Pearson tied things up at 1 with time winding down in the first period, Eric Staal once again gave the Wild the 2-1 lead. Staal was able to deposit his goal on the top shelf past Jacob Markstrom, who was nowhere near as brick-wallish in Game 4 as the previous two games.
Eric Staal with a little snipe show pic.twitter.com/d4IQnirGUy— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) August 8, 2020
The Wild got another goal past Markstrom in the second period to increase their lead to 3-1. Joel Eriksson Ek scored his first of the series on another goal from a tough angle.
THE DREADED 2 GOAL LEAD
GOAL. Nico Sturm scores the first goal of his NHL career to give the Wild the lead late in the middle period!— Hockey Wilderness (@hockeywildernes) August 8, 2020
Vancouver would answer back midway through the 3rd period. Bo Horvat would score his second goal of the series to knot things up at 4.
Vancouver ended the game 11 seconds into overtime on a goal by Christopher Tanev.
1️⃣1️⃣ SECONDS INTO OVERTIME – TANEV WINS IT!!!!! pic.twitter.com/uBPkPMs9Dq— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) August 8, 2020
BETTER POWER PLAY
The Wild finally snapped their Power Play drought with a first period goal. Both teams were more focused on actual hockey, but when the Wild did have additional skaters they seemed to be more aggressive with the puck.
THE END FOR KOIVU?
The Wild have several pressing questions as they now move toward the offseason. One of the biggest is the status of Mikko Koivu. Koivu has only played for the Wild during his lengthy career. Will he be back? Does another team swoop in to sign him away? Only time will tell.
Seth Toupal | Minnesota Sports Fan