Game story here. Shot charts will be posted when I get back to Grand Forks.
T.J. Oshie’s general thoughts: "We got up 2-0 and… kind of hoping that they would shut it down a little bit. But they came back with three unanswered and it was kind of a reality check for us. From there on, we had a great game."
Oshie on his goals: "Hats off to my linemates, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have gotten any of those goals. I was just kind of the guy at the net at the end of the play. They created everything for me and gave me the opportunities."
Oshie on Bina’s goal: "All year long, we’ve been getting bad bounces, especially before Christmas. They always ended up in the back of our net. It’s about time they start going for us."
Oshie on whether the Sioux were sick of hearing all about Minnesota before the series: "Not really, because they earned it. As many wins as they have… they earned our respect definitely. But we didn’t want to come in here and give them too much respect."
Phil Lamoureux on the weekend: "From top to bottom, everyone played just phenomenal. We got timely scoring from every line, guys played great defense and the penalty killers did a phenomenal job all weekend long. We’re ecstatic about the win, but we understand that our job in the second half isn’t over yet and we still have to win games. We’re going to enjoy this for a couple days because they were a couple of good wins. They’re No. 1 for a reason. We’re going to enjoy this for a while, but come the middle of the week, we’re going to get back to work and start preparing for Mankato."
Dave Hakstol on the first period: "We got off to a good start, made some nice plays. Minnesota got back into it with some great plays on the power play. We get a bounce at the end of the period — a dumped puck by Robbie Bina and it ends up tied. It was an exciting period, I’ll say that much."
Hakstol on whether Bina’s goal deflated the Gophers: "I don’t know. I guess it’s hard to judge what the feeling is on the opposition bench. I didn’t feel that goal changed the feeling on our bench. We gave up three in a row and were spending all the time on the penalty kill, but I didn’t feel like there was any problem on the bench. And that’s a good sign. The goal certainly gives you a little more energy and a little excitement. One thing it did do was change the momentum of the game."
Hakstol on UND getting goals from the third and fourth line: "Very important. We’re starting to see some pretty good play out of Toews, Duncan and Osh, but the fact remains that if we’re going to be successful — and when we’re successful — everyone is chipping in. Bina had a goal tonight, Fabian had a goal tonight — those are critical goals."
Hakstol on Duncan: "He just gets it done. He gets it done. It’s not just his goal scoring. Obviously, he can put the puck in the net. He makes pretty good plays in all three zones. He does it while still flying under the radar."
Hakstol on his team’s performance: "We talked about it this morning — I thought that tonight we were going to have to play a better 60-minute hockey game that we did last night and I thought we did that."
Don Lucia’s general thoughts: "There were some bounces that went against us. They had an 180-foot goal. On the 4-on-3, we moved the puck around and Ben (Gordon) had an open net and he hit a guy in the back of the leg. When things aren’t going your way and you’re not puck lucky, they seem to multiply and tonight seemed like one of those nights. North Dakota played very well. Their top-end guys were good. People were asking where Oshie and Toews have been… well, they should have been here this weekend. They were very good. I thought their whole team was very good. Their team certainly is in rhythm and in sync right now and our team certainly isn’t."
Lucia on his decision to pull Frazee: "He wasn’t on. That was pretty evident early on those first couple of goals. All year long he’s been so sharp and you could just sense that it wasn’t going to be his night tonight."
Lucia on Phil’s hot glove hand: "He likes to make the glove save and throw it up there for everybody to see incase you missed it. Instant replay. Here it is, incase you don’t know where it is."
Lucia on the turning point of the game: "We got the lead and all of the sudden the power play was looking good and we were playing well. Things seemed to change when they got that shorthanded goal. We went in 3-3, and we made a bad decision there (in the second). We were on a power play we were out there for a long time and we get over the red line and we should have dumped the puck. We tried to beat a guy. Don’t. Take a penalty. They score on the power play and then on the very next shift, we get wrapped up with our goaltender, can’t get to the other side and they score a wrap around. All of the sudden, it’s 5-3. That segment was the clincher in the games tonight. You can’t give up five goals and expect to win."
UND 1, Minn 0 — Darcy Zajac 6:16. Zajac carried the puck in the zone on a 2-on-1 rush and took the shot himself, beating Frazee to the short side.
UND 2, Minn 0 — Ryan Duncan (Jonathan Toews, Chay Genoway) 7:39. Toews set up Duncan, who beat Frazee on the short side from the right circle.
UND 2, Minn 1 — Erik Johnson (Alex Goligoski) 9:59 (pp). During a 5-on-3 power play, Johnson’s blast from the point snuck past Lamoureux.
UND 2, Minn 2 — Ryan Stoa (Derek Peltier, Kyle Okposo) 14:34 (pp). Stoa, stationed in front of the net, deflected Peltier’s shot from the point.
Minn 3, UND 2 — Mike Howe (Kyle Okposo, Derek Peltier) 15:58 (pp). Okposo found Howe cutting toward the net from the bottom of the left circle. Howe redirected the puck up and over Lamoureux to give the Gophers the lead.
Minn 3, UND 3 — Robbie Bina (Taylor Chorney) 18:47 (sh). Bina’s clearing attempt from about 170 feet bounces a few times and…. oops.
Note: Frazee out, Briggs in.
UND 4, Minn 3 — Ryan Duncan (Taylor Chorney, T.J. Oshie) 11:29 (pp). Duncan hits his favorite corner from his favorite spot.
UND 5, Minn 3 — Erik Fabian (Rylan Kaip, Andrew Kozek) 11:53. It looks like Briggs gets caught up with a defenseman on one side of the net, while Fabian quickly scores on a wrap around.
UND 6, Minn 3 — T.J. Oshie (Ryan Duncan, Taylor Chorney) 5:13 (pp). Duncan drew the attention when he got the puck in the right circle, but fed Oshie, who finished.
UND 7, Minn 3 — T.J. Oshie (Jonathan Toews Ryan Duncan) 11:27. Toews, coming down the left wing fed Oshie, who was on the right side of the net. Oshie went hard at the goal and finished the play.
16 Ryan Duncan–9 Jonathan Toews–7 T.J. Oshie
24 Chris Porter–20 Matt Watkins–14 Brad Miller
21 Erik Fabian–17 Rylan Kaip–10 Andrew Kozek
26 Kyle Radke–29 Chris VandeVelde–11 Darcy Zajac
2 Joe Finley–28 Robbie Bina
4 Taylor Chorney–22 Brian Lee
6 Zach Jones–5 Chay Genoway
1 Phil Lamoureux
31 Anthony Grieco
29 Ryan Stoa–9 Kyle Okposo–14 Justin Bostrom
13 Ben Gordon–17 Blake Wheeler–26 Jay Barriball
12 Tony Lucia–16 Mike Carman–22 Ryan Flynn
27 Brian Schack–18 Jim O’Brien–24 Mike Howe
10 Alex Goligoski–15 Mike Vannelli
5 Derek Peltier–4 Erik Johnson
20 David Fischer–6 R.J. Anderson
1 Jeff Frazee
34 Kellen Briggs
35 Brent Solei