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Colorado Avalanche 4, Minnesota Wild 5 FINAL OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:22 AM

Associated Press

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Colorado Avalanche 4, Minnesota Wild 5 FINAL OT
Colorado Avalanche 4, Minnesota Wild 5

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ It took nearly an entire season for Minnesota to win its first overtime game.

Marc Chouinard scored his second goal of the game 53 seconds into the extra period to lift the Wild past the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Wednesday.

Chouinard poked the rebound of a shot by Stephane Veilleux under the leg pad of Colorado goaltender Tommy Salo, and the Avalanche fell to 1-5-1-1 in their last eight games.

``Overtime is probably the reason we're not in the playoffs,'' said Minnesota's Alexandre Daigle, who scored twice and added an assist. ``I think they had eight overtime wins last year and it took us until now to get an overtime win this year.''

Peter Forsberg had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who are trying to remain optimistic despite their recent struggles.

``The positive is that we were down and out and we were able to get two late goals and get a point,'' Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. ``We've got two big games left. Obviously, the points mean a lot and we'll need to play them that way.''

Minnesota built a 4-2 lead with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation, only to see Colorado tie it. Forsberg made it 4-3 with his 18th goal of the year, then assisted on John-Michael Liles' game-tying goal with 1:09 to play.

The Avalanche got goals from Chris Gratton and Teemu Selanne, but lost their fourth consecutive road game.

``There's no excuse,'' Liles said. ``They played a tight defensive game, like they always do. We just couldn't get that winner.''

Minnesota needed just 27 seconds to get on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead on the game's first shift. Daigle caught a pass from Chouinard and blasted a low shot past Salo, who finished with 24 saves. Gratton tied the game at 6:54 of the first, converting on a two-on-one break after a pass from Matthew Barnaby.

After Selanne gave Colorado a 2-1 lead early in the second period, Minnesota tied the game on a five-on-three power play goal by Pierre-Marc Bouchard.

Daigle and Chouinard scored in the third, giving Minnesota a two-goal advantage. But the Avalanche rally began on the controversial goal by Forsberg. His shot from the right of the Minnesota goal slid past goalie Dwayne Roloson just as Barnaby crashed into the crease, landing on Roloson.

The referee signaled ``goal'' immediately and refused to look at a reply despite Roloson's protests and a chorus of boos from the sellout crowd. Roloson finished with 25 saves.

``The interference on our goalie gave them a lift and we backed off after that goal,'' Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. ``We weren't controlling the play at all for four or five shifts after that.''

scoring summary
1st Period
00:27
MIN
Alexandre Daigle (19) Slapshot - ASST: Marc Chouinard (9), Pascal Dupuis (14)
1 - 0 MIN
06:54
COL
Chris Gratton (13) Snap shot - ASST: Matthew Barnaby (24), Rob Blake (33)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:35
COL
Teemu Selanne (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Forsberg (33), Darby Hendrickson (3)
2 - 1 COL
17:10
MIN
PPG - Pierre-Marc Bouchard (4) Slapshot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (20), Andrew Brunette (33)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
08:25
MIN
Alexandre Daigle (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Willie Mitchell (12), Alex Henry (3)
3 - 2 MIN
11:29
MIN
PPG - Marc Chouinard (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Alexandre Daigle (30), Pascal Dupuis (15)
4 - 2 MIN
12:37
COL
Peter Forsberg (18) Snap shot - ASST: Adam Foote (22)
4 - 3 MIN
18:51
COL
John-Michael Liles (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Forsberg (34), Joe Sakic (54)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
00:53
MIN
Marc Chouinard (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Stephane Veilleux (7), Alex Henry (4)
5 - 4 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
01:07
MIN
Dwayne Roloson  Tripping against  Matthew Barnaby
04:05
COL
Rob Blake  Interference against  Jason Wiemer
13:56
COL
Robert Boughner  Hooking against  Alexandre Daigle
13:56
MIN
Alexandre Daigle  Diving against  Robert Boughner
2nd Period
08:17
COL
Paul Kariya  Hooking against  Antti Laaksonen
15:21
COL
Rob Blake  Delay of game
16:03
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Tripping against  Marian Gaborik
18:42
COL
Peter Forsberg  Elbowing against  Alex Henry
3rd Period
04:31
COL
Paul Kariya  Tripping against  Pascal Dupuis
06:15
MIN
Alexandre Daigle  Hi-sticking against  Rob Blake
11:07
COL
Matthew Barnaby  Hi-sticking against  Nick Schultz
17:11
COL
Rob Blake  Hi-sticking against  Pascal Dupuis
18:12
MIN
Marian Gaborik  Elbowing against  Peter Forsberg
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Tommy Salo
SA: 29TOI: 60:42
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .828SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 29TOI: 60:05
Saves: 25EV: 15 - 19
PIM: 2PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .862SH: 2 - 2
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