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The First 399

Wednesday, 03.03.2010 / 3:55 PM / News
By Glen Andresen  - Manager of Social Media
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The First 399
Sunday’s game against Calgary will be the 400th game played at Xcel Energy Center, and will most likely be the 400th consecutive sellout. So how did we get here? Well, it all started with a preseason win over Anaheim, and left off with a win over Vancouver with a lineup that has already changed since. Today, we look at games/sellouts 1, 100, 200, 300 and 399.


Game 1
9/29/00
Preseason
3-1 Win vs. Anaheim
Attendance: 18,516


Here’s What Happened: The first-ever Wild goal at Xcel Energy Center was scored in this game off the stick of Kai Nurminen. The Wild followed that up with two more goals from Brad Bombardir and Aaron Gavey. Grand Rapids native Jeff Nielsen assisted on Aaron Gavey’s goal. Maxim Sushinsky tallied two assists, and Jamie McLennan played 59:53 stopping 21-of-22 shots to earn the win. None of the players that tallied points for the Wild are still playing in the NHL, but the lone Mighty Duck scorer is still active, and playing in Anaheim — Teemu Selanne.

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Wild Lineup:
Jamie McLennan
Ladislav Benysek
Brad Bombardir
J.J. Daigneault
Jim Dowd
Marian Gaborik
Aaron Gavey
Darby Hendrickson
Sergei Krivokrasov
Filip Kuba
Antti Laaksonen
Jeff Nielsen
Kai Nurminen
Scott Pellerin
Stacy Roest
Lubomir Sekeras
Cam Stewart
Maxim Suchinsky
Andy Sutton



Game 100
11/14/02
Regular Season
1-1    Tie vs. Pittsburgh
Attendance: 18,568


Here’s What Happened: In a tight-checking game that defined the Wild’s first couple of years, Minnesota used a goal from Richard Park to notch a 1-1 tie against Pittsburgh. Park scored off assists from future All-Star Filip Kuba and the late Sergei Zholtok less than three minutes after Marc Bergevin scored for Pittsburgh. Manny Fernandez made 23 saves opposite Johan “Moose” Hedberg (30 saves).

Wild Lineup:
Manny Fernandez
Brad Bombardir
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Andrew Brunette
Jim Dowd
Pascal Dupuis
Marian Gaborik
Matt Johnson
Filip Kuba
Antti Laaksonen
Jason Marshall
Willie Mitchell
Richard Park
Cliff Ronning
Nick Schultz
Lubomir Sekeras
Wes Walz
Sergei Zholtok
Andrew Zyuzin



Game 200
12/11/05
Regular Season
3-2 Loss vs. Buffalo
Attendance: 18,568


Here’s What Happened: A tight battle ended up tilting Buffalo’s way, as Mike Grier scored with 3:32 left in regulation to give the Sabres the victory. Former Gopher Thomas Vanek put Buffalo on top at 8:03 of the first period, but Mikko Koivu scored late on a power play three minutes later to even things up. The teams also traded second period goals – Brian Rolston for Minnesota and Chris Drury for Buffalo – setting the state for Grier’s heroics. Dewayne Roloson made 27 saves for Minnesota, while Martin Biron earned the “W” with 34.

Wild Lineup:
Dwayne Roloson
Derek Boogaard
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Brent Burns
Marc Chouinard
Alexandre Daigle
Kurtis Foster
Marian Gaborik
Alex Henry
Mikko Koivu
Willie Mitchell
Randy Robitaille
Brian Rolston
Nick Schultz
Daniel Tjarnqvist
Stephane Veilleux
Wes Walz
Todd White
Andrei Zyuzin



Game 300
1/16/08
Regular Season
2-3 Shootout Loss vs. Calgary
Attendance: 18,568


Here’s What Happened: A typical physical game between the Wild and the Flames was once again a showcase for Jarome Iginla, who registered a goal, assist and the shootout winner. After David Moss put Calgary on the board in the second period, Brent Burns evened the game with a goal on the power play from Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra. Kristian Huselius scored a power play goal early in the third period before Kurtis Foster notched a goal with the man advantage to send the game to OT. Niklas Backstrom and Miikka Kiprusoff equaled each other with 29 saves, before Kiprusoff stole the show in the shootout, stopping Mikko Koivu and Brian Rolston before Iginla clinched the Flames victory with a goal in the third round of the shootout.

Wild Lineup:
Niklas Backstrom
Eric Belanger
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Brent Burns
Keith Carney
Pavol Demitra
Todd Fedoruk
Kurtis Foster
Matt Foy
Marian Gaborik
Kim Johnsson
Mikko Koivu
Branko Radivojevic
Brian Rolston
Nick Schultz
James Sheppard
Martin Skoula
Stephane Veilleux
Aaron Voros

 

Game 399
2/14/10
Regular Season
6-2 Win vs. Vancouver
Attendance: 19,342


Here’s What Happened: The Wild stormed into the 2010 Winter Olympic break with a 6-2 thrashing of Vancouver, which was ending its eight-game pre-Olympic road trip. Kyle Brodziak led the way with a career-high three points (1-2=3), while Andrew Brunette, Cal Clutterbuck and Marek Zidlicky had a goal and an assist apiece. Cam Barker scored a goal in his Wild debut, and Guillaume Latendresse also scored. Derek Boogaard was plus-two. Mikko Koivu had two assists and was an astounding 17-for-19 on faceoffs. Niklas Backstrom returned to the net after illness and a back injury to make 27 saves. His counterpart, Roberto Luongo, didn’t finish the game.

Wild Lineup:
Niklas Backstrom
Cam Barker
Eric Belanger
Derek Boogaard
Kyle Brodziak
Andrew Brunette
Brent Burns
Cal Clutterbuck
Andrew Ebbett
Martin Havlat
Shane Hnidy
Mikko Koivu
Guillaume Latendresse
Antti Miettinen
Owen Nolan
Nick Schultz
James Sheppard
Greg Zanon
Marek Zidlicky

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