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  • Wild drops season finale to Niklas Backstrom and Flames 2-1


    To start the third period, the shot count was 31-11 in favor of the Wild. But with a one goal lead, for some reason the Wild thought they could sit on that until time ran out. Minnesota had only one shot on goal through nine minutes of the third period. They let the Flames back into the game by not keeping the pressure on in the offensive zone. This graph courtesy of War-on-ice.com tells you exactly how this game went and why they Wild lost a one goal lead.

    Brandon Bollig scored on a snipe of a shot that beat Darcy Kuemper over the shoulder from the right circle. Thirty-one seconds later, Patrick Sieloff scored his first of the season as a fluttering shot jumped and skipped past Kuemper and into the net. The goal gave the Flames the lead for good as the Wild couldn't mount a comeback. In fact, in a brilliant call by our own The_Noogie, the Wild took a terrible Too Many Men penalty as they tried to get Kuemper off for the extra attacker.

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