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Landeskog, MacKinnon Go Wild vs. Minnesota
Sunday, 12.01.2013 / 1:32 AM / News
Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog scored a goal for the second straight game Saturday night and, with 20 points on the year (nine goals, 11 assists), moved into a tie with Matt Duchene atop the Avs’ points list.
Nathan MacKinnon matched Landeskog Saturday, scoring a goal in back-to-back games for the first time in his career, and was honored as one of the three stars of the game for the second straight night.
Those two performances helped the Avs to a 3-2 shootout victory against Minnesota at Pepsi Center and sweep their post-Thanksgiving back-to-back, home-and-home series with the Wild.
Landeskog (two goals/two assists) and MacKinnon (two goals/one assist) accounted for seven points in the Wild sweep.
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Avs Top Wild In Shootout, Sweep Home-And-Home
Rick Sadowski - NHL.com Correspondent
DENVER -- It could have been better, but Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy had few complaints after his team defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-2 Saturday in a shootout at Pepsi Center to complete a sweep of the home-and-home series.
Ryan O'Reilly scored the lone goal in the shootout against goalie Josh Harding after the Wild cameback from being down by two goals in the final 3:27 of regulation.
"I knew if I came in on an angle I'd have a lot of options," O'Reilly said of his shootout tally. "I was going to read off him and see what he did. If he gives me upstairs, I take a quick shot. If not, try to make a move to see if he opens up. It worked out for me."
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville in the tiebreaker.
"I was nervous, same as usual," Varlamov said of the Avalanche's first shootout this season. "None of the goalies, nobody likes the shootouts. There's too much pressure on you. When O'Reilly scored, that one was real nice."
Varlamov has a 14-7 career record in shootouts and has stopped 58 of 74 shots for a .784 save percentage.
• The Avalanche won both games of this weekend’s back-to-back, home-and-home series against the Wild…The Avs have played two sets of back-to-back games so far this season, winning all four games.
• The Avalanche participated in their first shootout of the season…That leaves the New York Rangers as the only NHL team that has yet to appear in a shootout in 2013-14.
• The Avs are 4-0-0 in games that go beyond regulation, 3-0 in overtime and 1-0 in shootouts.
• Neither the Avalanche nor Wild were whistled for a penalty tonight…It’s the second game in Colorado/Quebec franchise history in which neither team had a penalty (April 9, 2000 vs. Detroit).
• Semyon Varlamov improved to 14-7 in shootouts, stopping .784 percent of his attempts (74 shots, 16 goals).
• John Mitchell reached 100 points for his NHL career with a pair of assists tonight…He has 39 goals and 61 assists in 294 games.
Avs vs. Wild
Stastny Back From Back Spasms
With its quick trip to Minnesota barely 12 hours in the past, there was just a few Colorado players available in the Avalanche locker room Saturday for morning skate media sessions.
One player who was available, though, was Paul Stastny—and that’s a good sign for Colorado, which plays the Wild again tonight (7 p.m. MT) at Pepsi Center.
Stastny came up a bit lame with back spasms before the Avs’ Wednesday night game against St. Louis, and he didn’t travel with the team to St. Paul. Matt Duchene, who had missed Colorado’s three games prior to Wednesday, filled Stastny’s void and skated against the Blues but was admittedly not 100 percent.
Now, after Duchene played a full game Wednesday and against last night in the Avs' 3-1 win at Xcel Energy Center, it seems both he and Stastny are ready for a full return, fortifying the Avs forward depth.READ MORE >
MORNING SKATE: Paul Stastny and coach Patrick Roy talk about tonight's Wild rematch.
*Colorado is 1-0 versus Minnesota this year, 1-0 on the road.
* The Avalanche finished 1-4-0 against the Wild last season, 0-2 at home.
* Colorado is 36-28-11 in 75 all-time meetings against the Wild.
* The Avs are 19-15-3 all-time at home versus the Wild and 17-13-8 on the road.
* Patrick Bordeleau was drafted by the Wild (4th round, 114th overall, 2004) and Erik Johnson hails from Bloomington, Minn.
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Wild, Avalanche To Complete Home-and-Home
WILD (15-8-4) at AVALANCHE (18-6-0)
TV: FS-N+, ALT
Last 10: Minnesota 6-4-0; Colorado 6-4-0
Season series: This is the second of five games. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 27 shots (16 in the third period) when the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1 Friday night in St. Paul in the front half of back-to-back games between the former Northwest Division rivals.
Big story: The Wild has lost three straight games and seen its offense go dormant over that stretch, scoring two goals. Its power play, once top-five in the NHL, has scored on three of its past 29 chances.
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