NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Minnesota|
(Thursday, March 14th)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, Colorado 3
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Mikko Koivu scored two goals and Ryan Suter
collected three assists as the Minnesota Wild topped the road-weary Colorado
Avalanche, 5-3, in the opener of a home-and-home set.
Devin Setoguchi, Torrey Mitchell and Jonas Brodin also lit the lamp for the
Wild, who have won three of their last four games. Zach Parise and Matt Cullen
each had two helpers, while Niklas Backstrom finished with 29 saves.
"I thought we did a good job on the forecheck and creating chances," Parise
PA Parenteau had two goals for Colorado, which has gone 0-5-3 in its last
eight games away from Pepsi Center. Semyon Varlamov, who is still winless on
the road this season, made 35 saves.
After trading goals in the opening 20 minutes, the Wild took control in the
Setoguchi's rebound putback made it 2-1 at the 8:01 mark, then the 19-year-old
Brodin -- the youngest active defenseman in the league -- made it a two-goal
differential 1:42 later with his first NHL tally.
The Swede beat Varlamov with a sizzling wrister from the left circle.
Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog provided a quick response, however,
converting Ryan O'Reilly's pass 23 seconds after Minnesota went up 3-1.
The Wild regained their two-goal cushion at 11:12, when Koivu finished off a
nifty passing play. Parise took a return feed from Suter before dishing
across the slot to Koivu, who fired the puck into an open net.
"They outworked us in that second period...they won more battles," said
Colorado head coach Joe Sacco.
The Avalanche pulled to within one again in the third. Erik Johnson
intentionally fired the puck hard off the end boards and Parenteau slammed
home the carom in the slot at 6:43 to make it a 4-3 game.
Koivu then iced the game with an empty-netter inside the final minute.
Mitchell opened the scoring 3:04 into the game, but Parenteau fired a shot
that fluttered over Backstrom for a power-play goal with 25.4 seconds to play
in the first period.
The teams will meet again Saturday in Denver ...The Wild were 0-for-4 on the
power play. They had scored one goal with the man advantage in five straight
games ... Colorado entered play with the league's worst road penalty-kill
percentage (66.0) ... Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk was activated from
injured reserve and returned to the lineup after missing five games with a
03/14 23:50:28 ET