Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Colorado Avalanche Logo and Header
Colorado
Avalanche
43-30-9
Minnesota
Wild
38-36-8

game recap

Wild 5, Avalanche 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends


Wild 5, Avalanche 3
Colorado Avalanche 3, Minnesota Wild 5

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Marian Gaborik rarely kills penalties. After his latest performance, it might become a much more common appearance.

Gaborik's second career short-handed goal, scored in the third period, was the winner as the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Sunday.

With the Wild killing a four-minute power play, Gaborik took a pass from Wes Walz on a 2-on-1 break and snapped a 3-3 tie to give Minnesota its first post-Olympics victory. If it had been a simple minor penalty, Gaborik might not have been on the ice.

"He hadn't been playing well defensively, so when I put him out there, it was a risk," said Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire, who earned his 400th NHL win. "But we had four minutes to go, so I couldn't go with just four guys, I had to go with six guys."

Walz scored twice for Minnesota, which was playing at home for the first time since Feb. 9.

Alex Tanguay had three assists for the Avalanche, who lost for the second time in two nights. Colorado was beaten 4-1 at Dallas on Saturday, starting a stretch in which the Avalanche will play nine of 10 on the road.

Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said the Wild used Colorado's formula of clutch offense to get the victory.

"We've been fortunate to get the timely goal, but tonight they did," he said. "Anytime you get a short-handed goal it's going to swing the game."

Colorado used a 5-on-3 power play to open the scoring, when Andrew Brunette lifted a backhand shot over goaltender Manny Fernandez and into the upper left corner of the net. It was Colorado's only goal on six man-advantage situations.

"Our power play was not very effective," Quenneville said. "That's disappointing. But we played a pretty good game. If we can fix our power play, I think we'll be OK."

Walz converted on a 2-on-1 break a short time later. He fumbled a shot at the rebound of a blast by Gaborik, barely getting his stick on the puck, but his momentum carried the puck under David Aebischer's stick and over the goal line.

"I fanned on the shot off the rebound, but I just happened to get enough on it to get it over the goal line," said Walz, who notched his second multigoal game in a month.

Ian Laperriere put the Avalanche back up 2-1 with a wrist shot, but Walz scored again before the period ended. He chased down a dump-in pass by Randy Robitaille and fired a rising shot that beat Aebischer on the stick side.

Minnesota recorded the only goal of the second period to take a 3-2 lead as Wild defenseman Nick Schultz scored for just the second time this season. His shot from the high slot was blocked by Avalanche defenseman Patrice Brisebois, but Schultz corralled the rebound and whistled a low drive past Aebischer's glove.

After John-Michael Liles tied it 89 seconds into the third period, Gaborik netted the winner. Brian Rolston added an empty-net, power-play goal in the final seconds to seal Minnesota's victory.

Aebischer, who stopped Gaborik on a third-period breakaway, had 26 saves but lost to the Wild for the first time this season. Fernandez also had 26 saves.

Notes: To make room for former Islanders forward Mattias Weinhandl, claimed off waivers on Saturday, the Wild placed RW Alexandre Daigle on waivers. Daigle, who signed with the Wild as a free agent in 2003, has five goals and 23 assists this season. ... Avalanche C Joe Sakic was kept off the scoresheet but has 27 points in 25 career games against Minnesota. ... In separate third-period incidents, Tanguay and Minnesota D Kurtis Foster both received four-minute penalties for high sticking.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:06
COL
PPG - Andrew Brunette (17) ASST: Alex Tanguay (43), Milan Hejduk (25)
1 - 0 COL
09:36
MIN
Wes Walz (12) ASST: Marian Gaborik (20), Willie Mitchell (6)
1 - 1 Tie
09:59
COL
Ian Laperriere (16) ASST: Brett McLean (23), Alex Tanguay (44)
2 - 1 COL
17:09
MIN
Wes Walz (13) ASST: Randy Robitaille (24), Nick Schultz (9)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
06:13
MIN
Nick Schultz (2) ASST: Todd White (17), Pascal Dupuis (14)
3 - 2 MIN
3rd Period
01:29
COL
John-Michael Liles (12) ASST: Alex Tanguay (45), Rob Blake (30)
3 - 3 Tie
05:36
MIN
SHG - Marian Gaborik (29) ASST: Wes Walz (14), Daniel Tjarnqvist (12)
4 - 3 MIN
19:50
MIN
PPG - EN - Brian Rolston (25) ASST: Todd White (18)
5 - 3 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
05:57
MIN
Pascal Dupuis  Interference on goalkeeper against  David Aebischer
06:16
MIN
Willie Mitchell  Hi-sticking against  Andrew Brunette
14:29
COL
Dan Hinote  Tripping against  Derek Boogaard
17:37
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Tripping against  Pierre-Marc Bouchard
19:34
COL
Brett Clark  Closing hand on puck
2nd Period
07:08
COL
Andrew Brunette  Hooking against  Daniel Tjarnqvist
10:43
COL
Brad Richardson  Interference on goalkeeper against  Manny Fernandez
16:55
MIN
Andrei Zyuzin  Tripping against  Pierre Turgeon
3rd Period
01:51
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Charging against  Kurt Sauer
04:54
MIN
Kurtis Foster  Hi-sticking
04:54
MIN
Kurtis Foster  Hi-sticking
09:20
COL
Alex Tanguay  Hooking against  Andrei Zyuzin
16:16
COL
Alex Tanguay  Hi-sticking against  Stephane Veilleux
16:16
COL
Alex Tanguay  Hi-sticking against  Stephane Veilleux
goalie stats
David Aebischer
SA: 30TOI: 58:55
Saves: 26EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 12
SV%: .867SH: 2 - 3
Manny Fernandez
Manny Fernandez
SA: 29TOI: 59:52
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .897SH: 2 - 2
ColoradoAvalanche.com is the official Web site of the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado Avalanche and ColoradoAvalanche.com are trademarks of Colorado Avalanche, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Colorado Avalanche Hockey Team, Inc. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.