Avs Comeback Falls Short, Lose 6-4 To Wild

Rick Sadowski | NHL.com | Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 6:38 PM

DENVER -- One year after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Minnesota Wild has set their sights on first place in the Northwest Division.

The Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 6-4, Saturday at Pepsi Center to keep the pressure on the division-leading Vancouver Canucks.

The Wild have won four of their past five games and are 11-5-1 since Feb. 9.

Devin Setoguchi led the Wild with two goals and an assist; Ryan Suter and Pierre-Marc Bouchard each collected a goal and an assist.

The Wild broke out to a 4-1 lead in the first period against Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who faced 14 shots in his first home start of the season and was replaced by Semyon Varlamov to begin the second period.

The Avalanche pulled within 4-3 in the second period on goals by PA Parenteau and Gabriel Landeskog, whose score at 10:23 caused Wild coach Mike Yeo to call timeout.

The Wild regained its two-goal advantage at 12:02 of the second stanza when Bouchard intercepted Landeskog's cross-ice pass from the corner and beat Varlamov from the right circle.

Setoguchi and the Avalanche's Chuck Kobasew traded goals in the third period. Bouchard fed Setoguchi skating in alone on Varlamov at 10:22, and Kobasew scored at 18:07.

Parenteau scored at 2:45 of the second period when he moved through traffic into the goalmouth and slipped the puck past goalie Niklas Backstrom to make it 4-2. Landeskog scored from the slot off a pass from Matt Duchene, who regained possession after his shot was blocked by Wild defenseman Charlie Coyle.

Suter and Setoguchi picked up goals 1:44 apart for a 2-0 Wild lead at the six-minute mark of the first period, prompting Avalanche coach Joe Sacco to use his timeout. Whatever Sacco said, it didn't work, because Cal Clutterbuck scored 3:04 later with a shot from a bad angle after Dany Heatley rang one off the left post.

The Avalanche got on the board at 14:11 of the first period on a goal by John Mitchell, who scored from the right-wing boards, but the Wild answered at 17:18 after Heatley fired another shot off the left post. Kyle Brodziak, skating to the net from the right side, watched the puck from Heatley's shot skip off his skate before he knocked it out of the air and behind Giguere.

Suter opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 4:16 with a one-timer from the right point. Setoguchi followed from the slot at the six-minute mark, beating Giguere to the glove side while using Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick as a screen.

The game for the Avalanche was the first of a three-game homestand, which continues on Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:16MIN PPG - Ryan Suter (2) ASST: Jared Spurgeon (4), Zach Parise (11) 1 - 0 MIN
06:00MIN Devin Setoguchi (8) ASST: Matt Cullen (15), Clayton Stoner (4) 2 - 0 MIN
09:04MIN Cal Clutterbuck (3) ASST: Dany Heatley (6), Ryan Suter (21) 3 - 0 MIN
14:11COL John Mitchell (9) ASST: Aaron Palushaj (5) 3 - 1 MIN
17:18MIN Kyle Brodziak (4) ASST: Dany Heatley (7), Devin Setoguchi (8) 4 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
02:45COL PA Parenteau (12) ASST: Matt Duchene (17), Gabriel Landeskog (5) 4 - 2 MIN
10:23COL Gabriel Landeskog (4) ASST: Matt Duchene (18), Ryan O'Reilly (4) 4 - 3 MIN
12:02MIN Pierre-Marc Bouchard (3) ASST: NONE 5 - 3 MIN
3rd Period
10:22MIN Devin Setoguchi (9) ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (5), Justin Falk (2) 6 - 3 MIN
18:07COL Chuck Kobasew (3) ASST: Cody McLeod (3), Greg Zanon (2) 6 - 4 MIN
Three Stars of the Game
Devin Setoguchi
Devin Setoguchi
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 12:15
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:34
PA Parenteau
PA Parenteau
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 22:54
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:32COL Ryan O'Byrne  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Falk
00:32MIN Justin Falk  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan O'Byrne
00:32COL John Mitchell  Roughing against  Tom Gilbert
00:32MIN Justin Falk  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  John Mitchell
00:32MIN Tom Gilbert  Roughing against  John Mitchell
02:57COL Jamie McGinn  Roughing against  Jonas Brodin
04:20COL Patrick Bordeleau  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Rupp
04:20MIN Mike Rupp  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Bordeleau
19:43COL John Mitchell  Tripping against  Clayton Stoner
2nd Period
08:17MIN Cal Clutterbuck  Hooking against  Matt Duchene
3rd Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/20/2
Faceoff Wins3431
Blocked Shots1014
Penalty Minutes1616
4C. StonerD01-11017:51
7M. CullenC0122014:25
9M. KoivuC0001019:11
10D. SetoguchiR2143012:15
11Z. PariseL0103018:29
15D. HeatleyL0203020:22
17T. MitchellC0000011:09
20R. SuterD1111025:56
21K. BrodziakC10-13018:39
22C. ClutterbuckR10-34218:23
25J. BrodinD0011024:25
27M. RuppL000153:35
28Z. KonopkaC000009:38
44J. FalkD0100714:25
46J. SpurgeonD0100019:06
63C. CoyleC00-14017:59
77T. GilbertD0010217:40
96P. BouchardC1121012:34
32N. Backstrom2832.87559:58
3R. O'ByrneD0010516:26
4G. ZanonD0101017:32
5S. O'BrienD0000016:10
6E. JohnsonD00-22019:00
7J. MitchellC1003414:57
8J. HejdaD00-22021:35
9M. DucheneC0202022:55
11J. McGinnL00-14218:20
12C. KobasewR101105:58
15P. ParenteauR10-12022:54
17A. PalushajR0101013:49
22M. HunwickD00-12021:34
26P. StastnyC0001020:26
54D. JonesR0002015:24
55C. McLeodL011108:00
58P. BordeleauL000051:24
90R. O'ReillyC0105020:36
92G. LandeskogL11-13021:12
1S. Varlamov1214.85738:29
35J. Giguere1014.71420:00