NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Colorado|
(Saturday, April 26th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Minnesota 3 (OT)
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Nathan MacKinnon scored 3:27 into overtime to
lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of
their Western Conference first-round series.
The Avalanche used the same script from Game 1 to grab a 3-2 lead in this
best-of-seven set, tying the game late in regulation with the goaltender
pulled and netting the overtime winner.
Colorado's game-tying goal shouldn't have counted based on video review as
Paul Stastny narrowly beat a puck-carrying MacKinnon into the Minnesota zone.
However, the play wasn't blown dead for an offside.
With play allowed to continue, MacKinnon chipped the puck ahead to Stastny,
who snapped a shot from below the left circle that Wild goaltender Darcy
Kuemper turned away. Stastny then gathered the rebound and slipped the puck
into the slot, where P.A. Parenteau fired the puck home with 1:14 remaining
in regulation for his first career playoff goal.
"It is what it is, but to sit here and dwell on it, I don't think is going to
do us any good," said Wild head coach Mike Yeo. "Obviously frustrating,
obviously disappointing, but bottom line is, it's not going to do us any
In overtime, MacKinnon handled a pass from Gabriel Landeskog in the left
circle, made a move around Wild defenseman Marco Scandella and scored on a
shot to the top right corner.
"I was kind of screaming for the puck from Landy. He obviously made
a good heads-up play to me," MacKinnon said. "(Stastny) looked great on the
forecheck. I kind of just fired it to the net and I don't know if it tipped
off one of their defenders or not, but I'm definitely very fortunate for the
A not-so-surprising finalist for the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie
this season, MacKinnon added two assists after being held without a point in
consecutive losses at Minnesota. He had a goal and six assists as the Central
Division champs won the first two games at Pepsi Center.
"We knew when we drafted him what kind of player we were drafting, and he had
a solid game again tonight," Colorado head coach Patrick Roy said about
The Wild will try to stave off elimination on Monday by extending the home
team's dominance in this series.
Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves for Colorado, but the best save belonged to
Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden, who prevented a goal in the extra session by
blocking a Matt Moulson shot.
Kuemper surrendered four goals on 35 shots after facing a combined 34 shots in
the previous two games.
Colorado carried a 2-1 lead into the third period, but Zach Parise and Kyle
Brodziak scored less than two minutes apart to put Minnesota in front.
Parise collected a pass from Jason Pominville on a rush and beat Varlamov, one
of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, to tie the game at 4:34.
A soft clearing attempt by Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda led to Brodziak, a
scratch in Game 3, scoring on a one-timer from the high slot at 6:25.
The Wild had a chance to extend their lead but failed to convert on a power
play after Landeskog was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for
giving Kuemper a snow shower with 4:33 remaining.
Colorado opened the scoring in the second period with a shorthanded goal. Cody
McLeod forced a turnover in the neutral zone, breaking up Wild defenseman Ryan
Suter's return pass to Pominville, and drove hard to the net to redirect Ryan
O'Reilly's feed at 8:04.
Not long after the Minnesota power play expired, Moulson deflected Jared
Spurgeon's point shot to tie the game at 9:17.
The Avalanche regained the lead while the teams skated 4-on-4. MacKinnon
backed up the Wild defense with his sublime speed, entered the zone and
dropped a pass to Andre Benoit, whose point shot was tipped by Holden through
the pads of Kuemper for his first career playoff goal.
MacKinnon (18 years, 237 days) is the second-youngest player in NHL history to
score an overtime goal in the playoffs. Don Gallinger was 17 years, 339 days
when he scored an OT winner for Boston on March 21, 1943 against Montreal ...
Colorado led the league with 28 one-goal wins during the regular season ...
Thirteen of the 18 all-time playoff games between Colorado and Minnesota have
been decided by one goal ... Parise has a point in every game of this series.
04/27 02:13:19 ET