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The Minnesota Wild have bounced back nicely from a terrible road stretch. They seem to be doing the same in Colorado after five years of losing there.
The Wild look to win consecutive games in Denver for the first time in their history when they continue their season series with the Avalanche on Thursday night.
Minnesota (33-23-5) has won two of its last three at the Pepsi Center after earning one victory in its first 14 road games against the Avalanche (29-27-4). The Wild won 5-3 in Colorado on Feb. 1 in the teams' last meeting.
Minnesota has been better in all of its road games of late, going 8-3-0 after losing 11 straight away from St. Paul. The Wild were the NHL's worst road team at 4-15-1 before their current run.
A 2-1 shootout victory over Dallas on Tuesday night kept Minnesota within three points of first-place Vancouver in the Northwest Division.
"They're all big," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said of the wins. "We can't say one is bigger than the other because we need all the points we can get."
Minnesota won its league-leading 10th shootout and improved to 16-0-5 after regulation.
Marion Gaborik and Pavol Demitra were held off the scoresheet after combining for 15 goals and 30 points in the Wild's previous nine games. Demitra failed to extend his season-high point streak to 10 games, which would have tied the club record set by Andrew Brunette in March 2002.
Gaborik had two goals and an assist in the last matchup with the Avalanche. He has 10 goals and six assists in his last 10 games against them.
Colorado pulled within eight points of eighth-place Calgary in the Western Conference with a 4-3 win over the Flames on Tuesday night.
The Avalanche also moved out of last place in the Northwest Division. Colorado and Edmonton each has 62 points, but the Avs have one more win and are 12 points behind Vancouver.
Marek Svatos, who has struggled this season, got the winning goal 1:24 into the third period Tuesday. He has 12 goals in 52 games after scoring 32 times in 61 games last season.
"I think he needed to score a goal," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "When (scoring) is your bread and butter, hopefully you can feed off of this and be confident in all areas."
Paul Stastny, meanwhile, had two goals and an assist to continue his roll for the Avalanche. His two goals in the first period gave him 21 on the season and extended his point streak to nine games.
Stastny has 53 points and broke the Avalanche record for rookies. Alex Tanguay, now with the Flames, set the mark with 51 in 1999-00.
Stastny's father, Peter, owns the franchise record, recording 109 with Quebec during the 1980-81 season.
"I didn't know about it (the record), but I'll take it as long as we got the win," Stastny said.
Joe Sakic added two assists Tuesday, giving him a season-high nine-game point streak (5 goals, 12 assists).
Avalanche rookie forward Wojtek Wolski has missed two straight games with a concussion. Wolski, who has 19 goals and 21 assists in 57 games, is uncertain for Thursday.
Colorado was 3-0-1 against Minnesota before the teams' most recent matchup.
|Mar 31 '07||MIN 1 at COL 2||P. Stastny|
|Mar 11 '07||COL 2 at MIN 3 - OT||B. Burns|
|Feb 22 '07||MIN 4 at COL 3||M. Koivu|
|Feb 01 '07||MIN 5 at COL 3||M. Gaborik|
|Jan 06 '07||COL 2 at MIN 1 - SO||M. Hejduk|
|Nov 18 '06||COL 2 at MIN 1 - SO||J. Sakic|
|Oct 29 '06||MIN 1 at COL 4||T. Arnason|
|Oct 05 '06||COL 2 at MIN 3 - OT||T. White|