Final Four Set In Top Plays
The Wild's captain and assistant captain square off in one bracket, while two rookies face each other in the other
The votes for the Quarterfinals have been submitted and counted, and we have the final four plays moving onto the Semifinals of the Ri-DQ-ulous Top Plays Tournament.
Voting for the Semifinals begins Monday, June 3 at 10 a.m. and ends at noon on Thursday, June 6.
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In the first semifinal matchup we have the winners from the Koivu and Parise brackets and fittingly they are plays by Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. Tik-Tak-Koivu won its matchup vs. Koivu's OT Winner. Tik-Tak-Koivu was one of the prettiest passings plays you will see in the NHL this season with Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Wild captain Mikko Koivu creating a passing triangle, which ended with a goal against the Avalanche. Facing off against Tik-Tak-Koivu is Parise to Parise, one of the more unique plays from the season. Zach Parise shows off his knack for scoring against the Oilers when his first shot was blocked by goaltender Devan Dubnyk, he cleverly passed the puck across the goal line while he zoomed around the back of the net and met the puck on the other side to score. This is a heavyweight showdown between the Wild's captain and assistant captain both of whom made spectacular plays.
Semifinal matchup No. 2: Coyle Beast Mode vs. Zucker's First
In the second semifinal matchup it is a battle of standout rookie performers, Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker. Coyle the man-child power forward won his bracket with his appropriately named higlight submission, "Coyle Beast Mode". In this March 10 game against the Canucks, Coyle bowled over multiple Vancouver defenders with the Wild on the forecheck. He then won a battle along the boards and set up a goal for Zach Parise all in a single shift. He goes against the winner of the Pominville bracket, which was Jason Zucker's first career NHL goal. Against the Red Wings, Zucker passed the puck off the boards to himself, while in his own zone and used his speed to go end to end and score past Jimmy Howard. The speed of Zucker is something that Wild fans haven't seen for a while and showed off the rookie's reputation as an explosive scorer.