Eleven years after Roy gave up the final goal of his career, an overtime goal against the Wild in a Game 7 at home, the visiting Wild shocked the highly-passionate 48-year-old along with the ruckus Pepsi Center fans with a 5-4 overtime win Wednesday night.
How it happened: Well, a controversial goal happened. The Avs continued to regain the lead throughout regulation, but in the end, Wild winger Nino Niederreiter's goal 5:02 into overtime was all that mattered. It was the Wild’s first lead of the game. Niederreiter scored twice and added an assist on Jared Spurgeon's game-tying goal with 2:27 remaining to help the Wild into the second round of the playoffs. After a shaky second period by the Avs, Paul Stastny provided some much needed energy with his fifth goal of the postseason to give the Avs a 3-2 lead early in the third period. Then Minnesota-native Erik Johnson scored his first goal in 22 days 11:16 into the third to give the Avs the 4-3 lead, after Niederreiter had tied the game. Minnesota answered all night and answered late, just like the Avs had most of the series.
What it means: Somebody finally won on the road. And this time it wasn't the Avs tying the game late and scoring in overtime.
Player of the game: Stastny scored his series-high fifth goal when he flung the puck past Darcy Kuemper from just inside the blue line. After trade rumors swirled around the the USA Olympian for much of the season, he gave the Avs’ offense a big lift after the team had only five shots on net in the second period. But Niederreiter scored the biggest goal of the series when he beat Semyon Varlamov 5:02 into overtime.
Stat of the game: The Wild outshot the Avs in six of the series’ seven games. Wednesday's final tally was 35-22 in favor of Minnesota.
What’s next: The Minnesota Wild will travel to Chicago to face the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs.