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Wild 3, Avalanche 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Wild 3, Avalanche 1
Colorado Avalanche 1, Minnesota Wild 3
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Brent Burns and Branko Radivojevic scored, Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots and the Minnesota Wild took over sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. 

The Wild have 86 points, two ahead of Colorado and Calgary and four in front of Vancouver, which holds the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Minnesota, which had lost nine of 13, killed off a pair of early penalties, then scored on Burns' goal at 8:54 on the its first power play. The Wild had not scored in their previous 18 power-play chances at home.

Joe Sakic tied the score on a power play at 4:51 of the second period, but Radivojevic tipped in a Burns pass at 9:42 of the period for the eventual game-winner.

Colorado entered the game with the worst road power play in the league at 11.2 percent. The Avs converted only one of six chances, but missed on a crucial advantage with six minutes remaining in the third.

Minnesota has killed 10-of-11 power plays the last two games - its first back-to-back home victories in regulation since Dec. 18 and 20.

Jose Theodore stopped 26 shots, including a brilliant sliding save of Pierre-Marc Bouchard's backhand that kept the Avs in the game with eight minutes to play.

Colorado had plenty of chances with Theodore pulled for an extra attacker in the final minutes, but Minnesota's Stephane Veilleux scored from the opposite circle with 6.4 seconds remaining.

The Avs lost for just the third time in their last 11 games.

Notes: Avs center Peter Forsberg was back in the lineup after missing four games with a groin injury. ... Wild forward Derek Boogaard returned to action for the first time since Jan. 22 at Calgary. He missed 23 games with a bulging disc. ... Colorado defenseman Jordan Leopold, who played college hockey at the University of Minnesota, missed his fourth straight game with concussion-like symptoms despite practicing at full speed on Sunday.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:54
MIN
PPG - Brent Burns (14) ASST: Brian Rolston (24), James Sheppard (14)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
04:51
COL
PPG - Joe Sakic (11) ASST: Paul Stastny (40), John-Michael Liles (25)
1 - 1 Tie
09:42
MIN
Branko Radivojevic (5) ASST: Brent Burns (26), Mikko Koivu (24)
2 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
19:53
MIN
EN - Stephane Veilleux (10) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
01:06
MIN
Kurtis Foster  Cross checking against  Andrew Brunette
02:26
MIN
Brent Burns  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:23
COL
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Pierre-Marc Bouchard
10:17
MIN
Keith Carney  Hooking against  Cody McLeod
18:45
COL
Cody McCormick  Holding against  Nick Schultz
2nd Period
03:49
MIN
Mark Parrish  Hooking against  Adam Foote
13:59
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Interference against  Peter Forsberg
13:59
COL
Peter Forsberg  Diving against  Mikko Koivu
16:05
MIN
Pavol Demitra  Hooking against  Joe Sakic
3rd Period
03:27
COL
Ian Laperriere  Interference against  Pavol Demitra
13:51
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Hooking against  Peter Forsberg
goalie stats
José Théodore
SA: 28TOI: 58:35
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .929SH: 2 - 2
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 30TOI: 59:57
Saves: 29EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .967SH: 1 - 1
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