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Wild Play of the Game - April 9, 2008

Fedoruk shows strength, patience in game-tying tally

Wednesday, 04.9.2008 / 12:28 AM CT / Minnesota Wild | Features
By Eric Walsh
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Wild Play of the Game - April 9, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Despite loading up on its shot attempts, the Minnesota Wild power play hadn't produced points all night. Then Colorado defenseman Scott Hannan was sent off for elbowing at 5:17 in the third period, which turned out to be the Avalanche’s last penalty of the game.

As Hannan sat in the box, Mikko Koivu, who posted the Wild's first goal of the postseason just over three minutes prior to cut Colorado's 2-0 lead in half, notched his second point of the night with 13:47 left in regulation.

After Todd Fedoruk dug the puck out of the left corner, Brian Rolston kept the puck rotating around the point, and passed it laterally over to Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who quickly redirected the puck back across the ice in Koivu’s direction. 

Handling the puck in the Colorado defensive zone near the boards close to the left faceoff dot, Koivu almost lost control for a moment as it glided off his stick. He regained possession, and found Petteri Nummelin, who, in turn, quickly dished it to Fedoruk waiting mostly unchecked in front of the crease.

“It was just a good play on the power play,” Fedoruk said. “Roli kept [the puck] in. When it came to me in front, I just tried to get it around [Theodore]. We battled back from the start and knew we had to keep going.”

Once Fedoruk gathered Nummelin’s pass, he had enough space to make a move. Fedoruk stuffed a backhander, stick side, top-shelf, into the net behind Jose Theodore, evening the count at 2-2.

"Fedoruk did a good job there," Koivu said. "He's real strong [and] tough to move out of the net. The way he got the goal showed he's patient. It was a big play for us."

It was the second of two man-advantage situations the Wild had gained at Hannan's expense. He drew a holding penalty at 4:31 in the second period, but the Wild could not convert on its way to going scoreless on its first four power play attempts. Minnesota tallied 13 of its 30 shots overall in 8:55 of 5-on-4 action.

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