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game recap

Avalanche 6, Wild 5

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:55 PM

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Paul Stastny had two goals and an assist, and the low-scoring Colorado Avalanche broke out for a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

Marek Svatos, David Jones, T.J. Hensick and Milan Hejduk also scored for Colorado, which entered the game as the second lowest scoring team in the Western Conference. The six goals were a season high for the Avalanche.

The Avalanche (12-12-0) had a 20-6 advantage in shots midway through the second period and capitalized on several Wild turnovers and miscues to build an insurmountable lead.

Hejduk, Hensick and Stastny scored three straight goals in the second off Minnesota turnovers to give Colorado a 6-3 lead. The offensive outburst was even more surprising since it came against the Wild, the NHL's toughest team to score against.

Stastny's last goal in the second proved to be the winner after Minnesota's Brent Burns scored with six minutes left in the third to cut it to 6-5.

Burns' goal held up after a replay showed he did not interfere with Colorado goalie Peter Budaj before the puck crossed the line.

A bouncing puck off the stick of Wild forward Benoit Pouliot went in the net a few seconds after time expired in the third period, causing the Minnesota fans to groan in disbelief.

Minnesota needed the late surge after looking dazed for much of the first two periods. The only time the Wild (14-8-1) looked sharp through two periods Monday was on the power play, where it scored three times.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored twice and Mikko Koivu and Owen Nolan also had goals. Both of Bouchard's tallies gave Minnesota a temporary one-goal lead. Nolan's goal cut the Avs' lead to 6-4 before the second intermission.

Josh Harding replaced Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom to start the third period. Bakstrom entered Monday with a 2.15 goals against average and was one of the main reasons for Minnesota's early season defensive success.

Colorado continues to scratch out wins despite missing two of its core players.

The Avs have won three of four and remain competitive in the conference despite playing without Adam Foote (back) and Joe Sakic (back). Both players did not make the road trip and will be re-evaluated this week.

Notes: The Wild named defenseman Kim Johnsson captain for December. The veteran Swede leads the Wild in time on ice (24:55) and has eight points. It will be Johnsson's first stint as captain since signing with Minnesota in 2006. ... Colorado is finishing up a stretch where it will play nine of 12 games on the road. ... The Avs haven't played consecutive home games since Nov. 6-8. ... This was the 300th regular season game played at the Xcel Energy Center. ... Six was a season high in goals allowed for Minnesota. ... Wild center Eric Belanger returned from a lower body injury and skated in his 500th game.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:50
MIN
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (17), Martin Skoula (2)
1 - 0 MIN
09:09
COL
Marek Svatos (4) Snap shot - ASST: John-Michael Liles (8), Ruslan Salei (6)
1 - 1 Tie
12:43
COL
David Jones (3) Deflected shot - ASST: Ian Laperriere (5), Cody McCormick (4)
2 - 1 COL
19:11
MIN
PPG - Mikko Koivu (9) Snap shot - ASST: Brent Burns (6), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (6)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
00:22
MIN
PPG - Pierre-Marc Bouchard (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc-Andre Bergeron (11), Marek Zidlicky (8)
3 - 2 MIN
03:49
COL
Paul Stastny (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Willsie (1), Milan Hejduk (7)
3 - 3 Tie
08:16
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (14)
4 - 3 COL
16:32
COL
TJ Hensick (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ian Laperriere (6)
5 - 3 COL
17:51
COL
Paul Stastny (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (6), Milan Hejduk (8)
6 - 3 COL
19:18
MIN
PPG - Owen Nolan (5) Snap shot - ASST: Andrew Brunette (8), Mikko Koivu (18)
6 - 4 COL
3rd Period
14:00
MIN
Brent Burns (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Kim Johnsson (8)
6 - 5 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
05:37
MIN
Craig Weller  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
05:37
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Weller
16:26
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Interference against  Ryan Smyth
19:05
COL
Ryan Smyth  Hooking against  Kim Johnsson
19:11
COL
Ryan Smyth  Unsportsmanlike conduct
2nd Period
07:41
MIN
Kim Johnsson  Interference against  Paul Stastny
19:11
COL
David Jones  Tripping against  Stephane Veilleux
3rd Period
08:43
COL
Brett Clark  Hooking against  Andrew Brunette
19:06
MIN
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Tripping against  Milan Hejduk
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
9-11-0
SA: 17TOI: 60:00
Saves: 12EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 4
SV%: .706SH: 0 - 0
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
SA: 5TOI: 19:32
Saves: 5EV: 5 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
13-7-1
SA: 26TOI: 39:48
Saves: 20EV: 17 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .769SH: 0 - 0
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