The 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs have now come and gone, and once again the Chicago Blackhawks were the Cup winners, beating the Predators in 6, sweeping the Wild, beating the Ducks in 7, and finally beating the Lightning in 6.
Now that we have closed the book on the 2014-15 season, it’s time to look back at some of the top moments.
Since the Wild had quite a few exciting moments this past season, I’m going to compile the top 5.
5. Shutting out the Avalanche 3 times
Sure, the Avs may not be that great of a hockey team (at least compared to the season before this one when they clinched the central division title). But, that doesn’t mean that what the Wild were able to do against them this season isn’t any less impressive by any stretch of the imagination. What was even more amazing is that the first of the 3 came in their 1st 2 games of the season, which were both against them (home and home; 1st game at home, 2nd one in Denver).
4. Nino Niederreiter’s 1st career hat trick
This 1st ever hat trick for him happened back on November 13th in their 1st of their 2 games against the Sabres, this one being the home game. In a game that had quite a wild start, 3 goals in 17 seconds, Nino’s hat trick was the icing on top of the cake for this game.
3. Beating the Islanders 5-4 after being down early
Back on December 9th of last year when the Islanders came to St. Paul, the Wild knew that beating them was going to be tough as the Isles were having themselves a terrific season. This couldn’t be any more true as the Islanders scored 3 times in the 1st period to give them a 3-0 lead after 1. Despite being in this giant hole, the Wild didn’t give up one bit. In the game’s 2nd period, Jason Pominville finally got the Wild on the board thanks to his power play goal. The Islanders would score one more time, but from there on out, it was all Wild in the home stretch. Captain Mikko Koivu, Erik Haula, Thomas Vanek, and former Islander Nino Niederreiter all scored to catapult the Wild to victory over the Isles 5-4. This right there just goes to show that the Wild are one of the best in the NHL when it comes to overcoming adversity.
2. Winning 12 consecutive road games
This right here was an impressive feat for the Wild. The streak started on February 18th with a 3-2 win in Calgary, and ended in their final game of the regular season with a 4-2 loss to the Blues in St. Louis. This streak that the Wild put together tied the NHL record.
1. 39 consecutive starts for Devan Dubnyk
The number of starts alone is impressive in its own right, but the stats to come from it are even more impressive. During this run, Dubnyk put together a 27-8-2 record and a .938 save percentage (note: this does also include some of his time with the Coyotes before being traded here to the Wild)
And with that, those are what I believe to be some of the top moments from the 2014-15 season for the Wild. What do you guys think?