Of all the series we saw in the first round of the postseason, the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche series deserved the full seven game ending it got. after going back and forth the entire series and in every period, we needed five periods and a lot of physical play to determine a winner in this series — and regardless of who you were rooting for, it was satisfying to watch.
The Avalanche were the benefactors of some very lucky calls that went their way, including the first goal of the game that was waved off but over ruled despite video evidence showing that Wild netminder Darcy Kemper was clearly interfered with.
Another lucky break came when Kemper was slammed behind his own net and was not the same after, allowing two huge goals that he may have otherwise saved had he not suffered what appeared to be a head injury. After allowing his fourth goal of the game, Kemper was pulled after looking visibly shaky, suffering from the lingering after effects of the hit to his head earlier in the game.
But the Wild wouldn’t go away and we needed an overtime period to decide a Game 7 winner.
Up next is the Chicago Blackhawks and while they’re hot after their comeback series win over the St. Louis Blues, this series has proved that Wild won’t go quietly, even if this series was draining in every sense.