After a fantastic season, Kevin Fiala picked up right where he left off in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers vs Vancouver.
In a highly anticipated Wild vs Canucks best of five series, one player with a lot of question marks leading into the series was Wild forward Kevin Fiala. For those that don’t remember, Kevin Fiala was the best player on the ice for the Wild for most of the games leading up to the season pause.
Fiala, whose last monumental moment came on March 8th when he scored with 59 seconds left in OT to win the game for the Wild 5-4.
Devan Dubnyk was quoted as saying that Fiala was one of the best players on the ice every night and was making things happen on the ice night in and night out and that hold no exception going into this Stanley Cup qualifying round vs Vancouver.
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For the Wild to be successful, one thing that would greatly bolster their chances in the series would be the further domination of Kevin Fiala during the series. Fiala showed during the season he can make plays and score goals when it matters most.
On Sunday night during Game One, Fiala picked up right where he had left off before the pause playing a dominant role on the Wild and generating offense when the Wild needed it the most.
Fiala registered 5 shots on goal included a power-play goal, which played pivotal for the Wild to get the power play going let alone for Fiala to score.
One thing that the Vancouver Canucks appear to sleep on was the speed the Wild came out with and Fiala was no exception to this as the Vancouver defense had found out in the 3rd period, luckily for the defense, Markstrom bailed them out.
The last point that needs to be taken away from game one as far as Fiala is concerned is his playmaking ability and his chemistry with Eric Staal seen as Staal got the secondary assist on Fiala’s power-play goal, Fiala, in turn, was trying to set up Staal with no luck but the chemistry between the 2 will be a pivotal key in the Wild’s success in this series.
Hopefully, after a solid game one for Fiala, he can power himself and his teams to a series win vs Vancouver.