NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Colorado|
(Saturday, March 16th)
Final Score: Minnesota 6, Colorado 4
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Devin Setoguchi scored twice and added an
assist, as the Minnesota Wild completed a home-and-home sweep of the Colorado
Avalanche with a 6-4 decision on Saturday at Pepsi Center.
After knocking off the Avs, 5-3, at home on Thursday, the Wild received a goal
and an assist apiece from Ryan Suter and Pierre-Marc Bouchard to notch their
fourth victory in their last five games.
Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck each scored once, while Niklas Backstrom
posted 28 saves for the Wild.
Gabriel Landeskog registered a goal and an assist, while PA Parenteau, Chuck
Kobasew and John Mitchell also lit the lamp for Colorado, which has lost three
Jean-Sebastien Giguere gave up four goals on 14 shots in the first period
before being replaced by Semyon Varlamov, who stopped 12-of-14 shots over the
final two periods.
Minnesota erupted for four goals in the first frame, with the first two coming
just 1:44 apart inside of six minutes.
Suter started the outburst with a power-play marker at the 4:16 mark, as he
rifled a one-timer from the top of the right circle that whizzed past
Setoguchi followed under two minutes later with his first of the night, as he
ripped a wrister from just inside the right circle that sailed high over
Giguere's glove to make it 2-0 at the six-minute mark.
Clutterbuck lit the lamp just over three minutes later to push the margin to
3-0, and after Mitchell found the back of the net at the 14:11 mark to bring
Colorado within two, Dany Heatley blasted a shot off the crossbar that
Brodziak pounded home in front to cap Minnesota's first-period flurry.
"It needs to be addressed," Parenteau said of his team's slow start. "I just
do not have an answer for that. If I did we would have been able to solve it."
Colorado cut into the lead with a pair of goals in the first 10 1/2 minutes of
the second, as Parenteau netted his 12th of the season at 2:45 before
Landeskog found the back of the net with a one-timer at the 10:23 mark to
bring the Avs within 4-3.
Minnesota answered under two minutes later when Bouchard intercepted an
errant Colorado clearing attempt before slipping a backhander past Varlamov to
push the lead to 5-3 at the 12:02 mark.
"No lead in this league is safe, but Bouchard's goal was big," Setoguchi said.
"Every team knows, especially with a short season, how important these games
The Wild added an insurance tally just past the midpoint of the third when
Bouchard made a one-touch feed to the slot for a cutting Setoguchi, who
slipped a quick shot through the five-hole of Varlamov to make it 6-3 at the
Kobasew scored his third of the season with 1:53 remaining to account for the
Heatley finished with two assists to give him 400 for his career ...
Setoguchi's assist was the 100th of his career ... Minnesota's six goals were
the most it has scored this season ... Minnesota improved to 5-7-1 on the
road, while Colorado dropped to 8-4-1 at home.
03/16 18:15:15 ET