Teams that go up 2-0 in a best-of-five series are 55-1 all-time in the NHL. Will the Wild push Vancouver into that deep hole tonight in Edmonton?
By constantly finishing their checks and closing the gap on the Canucks when Vancouver had the puck — as if a magnetic force field was pulling them there — Wild players frustrated the opposition in Game 1
Micheal Ferland, who fought Marcus Foligno early in the game, speared Ryan Hartman midway through the third period after Luke Kunin grabbed Ferland's stick while on the Wild bench.
Players, coaches are creating their own buzz and energy.
The Wild and Vancouver are playing the second game in their best-of-5 series, and you can get in-game stats, a shot chart and more by tapping here. Puck drop is set for 9:45 p.m.
Manageable shift lengths and rolling all four lines and three defensive pairings gave the Wild a balanced attack in its best-of-five qualifying-round debut.
The Wild's series-opening victory over Vancouver was just its third Game 1 win in franchise history and first since April 16, 2015, at St. Louis.
Kevin Fiala scored early, Marcus Foligno's fight set the tone and Alex Stalock stopped 28 Vancouver shots to earn the first postseason victory of his career in Game 1 of the best-of-5 series.
By defeating the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night, coach Dean Evason's team ended a long streak of Game 1 struggles and did so by playing a tough, intense and intelligent game.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu is striving to not look at the playoffs as what could be his final chance at a Stanley Cup.
The Wild's defenseman steps out as the face and voice in the fight for racial justice during his speech before the opening game of the NHL's replay-to-play weekend.
Wild goalie Alex Stalock stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout in only his second career playoff start.
The Wild returns to play tonight with the opener in its best-of-5 series with Vancouver. Tap here for play-by-play, in-game stats, a shot chart and more from Rogers Centre in Edmonton.
Puck drop on Game 1 between the Wild and Canucks is 9:30 p.m. Central Time.
Sarah McLellan finally leaves her hotel in Edmonton after finishing up a 14-day quarantine.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba helped create the Hockey Diversity Alliance earlier this summer with other pro players in the aftermath of George Floyd's death while in Minneapolis police custody.
Even in a pandemic, the Wild and 23 other teams won't stop chasing the Stanley Cup. This quirky setup may actually be the Wild's best chance in years to claim a championship.
Daily letters from hockey writer Sarah McLellan to her father from her 14 days of quarantine in an Edmonton hotel room.
Six months ago, the NHL seemed a long shot to become a model for COVID protocols. In an upset, the NHL is now winning the dangerous game of responsibly returning to action.
A look at key players and stats for the opening round series.