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Avalanche 4, Wild 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 4, Wild 1
Minnesota Wild 1, Colorado Avalanche 4

DENVER (AP) -Jose Theodore needed a good performance after being benched the past two games. The Colorado goalie provided one and got some help along the way.

"Theodore looked sharp and in control," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "We had to play a complete game, and we did that in all areas and had a good contribution from all 20 guys tonight."

Theodore made 20 saves, Milan Hejduk had his second two-goal game of the week and Ian Laperriere scored his 100th NHL goal in Colorado's 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night. Hejduk also scored twice Monday night against Los Angeles.

"I felt good about my game," said Theodore, who sat out home games against Los Angeles and Washington after giving up eight goals in a loss at Montreal. "I felt good because I was there to make saves.

"We know Minnesota is one of the best teams in the league, and the way we played the way tonight just showed everybody and ourselves that we can beat anybody."

Tyler Arnason added a goal, John-Michael Liles had a career-high three assists and Brett McLean finished with two assists to help Colorado snap Minnesota's three-game winning streak.

Hejduk's second goal - at 12:40 of the second period - was the first power-play score the Wild have given up on the road this season. Minnesota, with the NHL's top penalty-killing unit, had killed 17 straight power-play chances on the road.

Pavol Demitra scored for Minnesota, and Manny Fernandez made 32 stops.

"It was like they played against a junior team tonight," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "We had no energy, no legs, no hands. Nothing!"

The Avalanche controlled play in a fairly open first period in building a 2-0 lead. Theodore faced just seven shots.

Hejduk scored off the rebound of Paul Stastny's shot directly in front of the net at 5:02 of the period. Arnason added his fourth goal with 1:32 left, skating through the defense and wristing a shot from the left circle past Fernandez.

The teams traded power-play goals in the second period after Fernandez had kept the game close, stopping Laperriere at the doorstep with the Wild short-handed at 6:15. Moments later, Fernandez gloved Hejduk's backhander.

Demitra drew Minnesota to 2-1 with a power-play goal at 11:44. The goal came off a pass from Todd White that dribbled under Avalanche defenseman Karlis Skrastins' skate.

"I made a good shot, but what did it matter?" Demitra said. "We made a lot of messes and every mess we made they turned into a goal."

Colorado answered with a power-play goal of its own on Hejduk's second goal of the game at 12:40. The wrister from the slot went over Fernandez's stick.

Minnesota killed two penalties early in the third period. While its defense kept Colorado in check, its offense produced few opportunities in the final period. The Wild managed two harmless shots while McLean was off for slashing and failed to get a shot on goal with Andrew Brunette in the penalty box for holding.

Laperriere made it 4-1 late in the third period.

"I think we were all happy for him to get that one," Quenneville said about Laperriere's 100th goal. "He's had a number of chances and high-quality chances this year."

Notes: The Wild will play seven of their next 10 games on the road. ... Brunette played in his 300th consecutive game, the fourth longest active streak in the NHL. ... Hejduk has 10 points in his past eight games.

scoring summary
1st Period
Milan Hejduk (5) ASST: Paul Stastny (8), John-Michael Liles (6)
1 - 0 COL
Tyler Arnason (4) ASST: Brett McLean (1)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
PPG - Pavol Demitra (2) ASST: Todd White (4), Petteri Nummelin (5)
2 - 1 COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (6) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (5), John-Michael Liles (7)
3 - 1 COL
3rd Period
Ian Laperriere (1) ASST: Brett McLean (2), John-Michael Liles (8)
4 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
Kim Johnsson  Tripping against  Tyler Arnason
Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  Brett McLean
2nd Period
Pavol Demitra  Tripping against  Paul Stastny
Joe Sakic  Holding against  Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Mikko Koivu  Hooking against  Joe Sakic
3rd Period
Keith Carney  Cross checking against  Brett McLean
Keith Carney  Kneeing against  Antti Laaksonen
Brett McLean  Slashing against  Brent Burns
Andrew Brunette  Holding against  Kim Johnsson
goalie stats
Manny Fernandez
Manny Fernandez
SA: 36TOI: 59:59
Saves: 32EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .889SH: 2 - 2
José Théodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .952SH: 2 - 2 is the official Web site of the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado Avalanche and 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 © 1999-2015 Colorado Avalanche Hockey Team, Inc. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.