etched in history Below are the some of the pages from the Star Tribune sports section that cemented the Wild’s improbable playoff run of 2003 in time. From left, Game 7’s victory in the conference semifinals in Vancouver; setting up the unlikely Western Conference finals pairing against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks; and Game 1’s overtime loss to the Ducks at Xcel Energy Center. Anaheim would go on to sweep the series 4-0. The New Jersey Devils went on to win the Stanley Cup in seven games.
1 The Wild hosted its first playoff game as a franchise in Game 3 of the Colorado series. The announced attendance of 19,354 at Xcel Energy Center was the largest ever for a hockey game in Minnesota. “You get goose bumps just thinking about it,” Andrew Brunette said. “The ice was shaking.”
2 In Game 6 against Colorado, the Wild blew a two-goal lead in the final 3½ minutes of regulation in an elimination game. But Richard Park scored 4:22 into overtime to force a Game 7.
3 Brunette scored the most important goal in team history in overtime of Game 7 against Colorado to give the Wild its first playoff series win. He squeezed a backhander past goalie Patrick Roy. “The goal will always stick in my mind,” center Wes Walz said.
4 The Wild found itself in another 3-1 series hole against Vancouver. Facing elimination in Game 5 on the road, the Wild scored a team-record five goals in the second period for a 7-2 victory. Six players scored as the Wild began its second improbable comeback.
5 The Wild’s hopes appeared bleak when it fell behind 2-0 to Vancouver midway through the second period in Game 7. But Pascal Dupuis changed momentum late in the period when he swatted in a deflected puck that had floated over goalie Dan Cloutier’s head. That goal gave the Wild hope, and the team scored three times in the third period to advance to the Western Conference finals.
|Cleveland - LP: T. House||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: A. Simon||4|
|Houston||4||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|NY Mets||1||Top 3rd Inning|
|Washington||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Toronto - D. Norris||5:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - E. Ramirez|
|Atlanta - S. Miller||6:05 PM|
|Philadelphia - D. Buchanan|
|Boston - J. Masterson||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - W. Chen|
|St. Louis - A. Wainwright||6:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - W. Peralta|
|Pittsburgh - A. Burnett||7:10 PM|
|Arizona - R. De La Rosa|
|San Francisco - T. Hudson||7:10 PM|
|Colorado - J. De La Rosa|
|Los Angeles - B. McCarthy||7:40 PM|
|San Diego - I. Kennedy|
|Texas - C. Lewis||8:05 PM|
|LA Angels - C. Wilson|
|Minnesota - T. May||8:10 PM|
|Seattle - J. Paxton|
|Atlanta||47||3rd Qtr 8:51|
|Golden State||7:00 PM|
|Washington||1||2nd Prd 9:41|
|Real Salt Lake||6:30 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City||7:30 PM|