Video: The real play that beat the Wild in Game 1


Paul Statsny's goal with 13.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime was a backbreaker. His overtime game-winner was obviously a finishing move that rivaled finishing moves on Mortal Kombat.

However you look at it, the Wild's 5-4 loss in Game 1 of their best-of-seven playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche was a complete collapse, but Statsny's goals wouldn't have mattered without the incredible hustle play made late in the third period by defenseman Erik Johnson.

Yes. Johnson is a Minnesotan. The former Academy of Holy Angels star, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft, became less of a hockey player and more of a speed skater as he raced down the ice to swat a puck away from an empty-net. Had the puck gone in, it would have clinched a victory for the Wild.

"At first, I was like — there's no way this is going to go in after he flipped it (down ice)," Johnson said after the game, according to the Denver Post. "And then I see it take a turn, and I'm going - I got to get on my horse here. Originally, I didn't think I was going to get there. It kind of slowed down, and I got there right at the last second."

The effort didn't come without controversy. Johnson's momentum carried him into the goal, knocking it off its moorings. Wild forward Matt Cooke jumped on the puck and would have had another open-net opportunity, but the officials blew the play dead as soon as the net became dislodged.

Here's the video from Yahoo Sports.

Next Up


23 Minnesotans infected with salmonella linked to onions

Four of Minnesota residents were hospitalized. None have died.

Anthony Edwards

Timberwolves smash Rockets in season opener

The Timberwolves showed they have plenty of firepower in a victory over Houston.

Knuth - Nezhad - side by side

Frey challengers Knuth, Nezhad agree to rank each other 2nd

They're urging supporters to do the same on Nov. 2.

Jerome Horton - Sherburne Co. Jail - CROP

Charges: Man lied to buy gun later used by St. Paul mass shooting suspect

He's accused of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm.

Screen Shot 2021-06-04 at 6.30.24 AM

BCA releases investigative file in Winston Smith's shooting death

The file contains 1,000 pages of documents, hundreds of photos and dozens of audio files.


Fire at Mpls. pizza joint weeks after opening, owners suspect arson

The owners arrived at work Tuesday to find the building on fire.

vaccine, covid

New COVID charts show hospitalization, death rates based on vaccine status

The unvaccinated are far more likely than the fully vaccinated to become hospitalized or die.

Flickr - Superior National Forest Boundary Waters

White House begins process to ban new mining near BWCAW

The stated goal is to protect the "unique natural wonder" of the BWCAW.

Autumn Merrick, Autumn Rose Merrick

Man charged in shootout, crash that killed 18-year-old on scooter

Autumn Rose Merrick was with a friend near the Holiday gas station.