Three-Goal Second Period Leads Wild Over Avs | Thursday, 03.14.2013 / 11:15 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild scored three goals in just over three minutes midway through the second period en route to a 5-3 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild peppered Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov with 32 shots through two periods, including 19 in a wide-open second, which saw Minnesota turn a 1-1 tie into a 4-2 lead.

Devin Setoguchi scored his sixth goal of the season to open the floodgates in the second period, but Matt Cullen did much of the work. The veteran center sped through the Colorado zone and put a shot on net that Varlamov stopped, but a crashing Setoguchi poked in the rebound at 8:01.

Just 1:42 later, the Wild went up 3-1 on a snipe from the left dot by rookie defenseman Jonas Brodin, his first NHL goal.

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog pulled Colorado back within one, 23 seconds later, but the Wild re-established the two-goal edge on a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play. Zach Parise charged into the offensive zone and dished back to Ryan Suter in the slot. Suter one-touched it back to Parise, who tapped it over to Mikko Koivu near the left post, where he fired it into an open net for his fifth of the season.

Minnesota grabbed the early lead when Cullen fed Torrey Mitchell in front with a pass from the right corner. Mitchell, who had an early goal wiped away Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks, buried his second of the year with a wrister 3:04 into the game.

Colorado tied it in the waning stages of the first period on a power-play goal by PA Parenteau, whose off-speed knuckler wobbled past Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom with 25.4 seconds left.

Parenteau added his second of the night with 13:17 remaining in regulation after Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson fired intentionally wide to the right of Backstrom. The puck caromed off the end boards and right in front to Parenteau, who made it a 4-3 game with his 12th goal of the season.

Colorado pulled Varlamov with just over a minute to play and had a couple of good chances, but Koivu added his second of the night on a backhander into the empty-net with 33.3 seconds remaining.

The Avalanche and the Wild will play again on Saturday afternoon in Denver to close out the home-and-home series.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:04MIN Torrey Mitchell (2) ASST: Matt Cullen (13) 1 - 0 MIN
19:34COL PPG - PA Parenteau (11) ASST: Matt Duchene (16), Paul Stastny (10) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
08:01MIN Devin Setoguchi (7) ASST: Matt Cullen (14), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (4) 2 - 1 MIN
09:43MIN Jonas Brodin (1) ASST: Ryan Suter (18) 3 - 1 MIN
10:06COL Gabriel Landeskog (3) ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (3), Erik Johnson (3) 3 - 2 MIN
11:12MIN Mikko Koivu (5) ASST: Zach Parise (9), Ryan Suter (19) 4 - 2 MIN
3rd Period
06:43COL Matt Duchene (12) ASST: PA Parenteau (16), Erik Johnson (4) 4 - 3 MIN
19:26MIN EN - Mikko Koivu (6) ASST: Zach Parise (10), Ryan Suter (20) 5 - 3 MIN
Three Stars of the Game
Jonas Brodin
Jonas Brodin
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:30
Matt Cullen
Matt Cullen
G: 0Shots: 7
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:13
Ryan Suter
Ryan Suter
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 24:26
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:45MIN Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
02:45COL Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
14:48COL Erik Johnson  Interference against  Zach Parise
16:18COL Greg Zanon  Slashing against  Devin Setoguchi
19:01MIN Justin Falk  Holding against  Ryan O'Reilly
2nd Period
00:20MIN Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  Paul Stastny
09:30COL Greg Zanon  Tripping against  Mike Rupp
09:30MIN Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Greg Zanon
17:42COL Gabriel Landeskog  Tripping against  Mikko Koivu
3rd Period
04:05COL Chuck Kobasew  Fighting (maj) against  Cal Clutterbuck
04:05COL Chuck Kobasew  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
04:05MIN Cal Clutterbuck  Fighting (maj) against  Chuck Kobasew
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/20/4
Faceoff Wins3724
Blocked Shots2014
Penalty Minutes2016
4G. ZanonD0000418:07
5S. O'BrienD0000016:29
6E. JohnsonD02-12221:42
7J. MitchellC00-11015:58
8J. HejdaD0003022:35
9M. DucheneC11-22019:37
11J. McGinnL0005013:43
12C. KobasewR000078:21
15P. ParenteauR11-23016:02
22M. HunwickD00-20022:29
23M. HejdukR00-11015:15
26P. StastnyC01-23019:40
44R. WilsonD00-22013:41
54D. JonesR00-11013:21
55C. McLeodL000058:39
58P. BordeleauL000207:48
90R. O'ReillyC0103018:43
92G. LandeskogL10-14218:52
1S. Varlamov3539.89758:58
4C. StonerD0003021:05
7M. CullenC0217018:13
9M. KoivuC2035219:04
10D. SetoguchiR1004016:51
11Z. PariseL0235018:50
15D. HeatleyL00-11017:38
17T. MitchellC1003010:06
20R. SuterD0331024:26
21K. BrodziakC0013019:18
22C. ClutterbuckR0001512:08
25J. BrodinD1021023:30
27M. RuppL0010211:36
28Z. KonopkaC00-1056:59
44J. FalkD0011211:32
46J. SpurgeonD0001023:57
63C. CoyleC0001013:37
77T. GilbertD0000015:30
96P. BouchardC0113011:13
32N. Backstrom2932.90659:54