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Wild 3, Avalanche 2, SO

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:52 PM

Associated Press

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Wild 3, Avalanche 2, SO
Colorado Avalanche 2, Minnesota Wild 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -Marek Zidlicky scored the shootout winner over Peter Budaj's glove, and Nick Schultz scored the tying goal with less than two minutes left in regulation in the Minnesota Wild 's 3-2 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

Mikko Koivu and Zidlicky both scored in the shootout to give Minnesota a crucial two points.

Niklas Backstrom stopped 24 shots through overtime and denied Milan Hejduk and Marek Svatos following Wojtek Wolski's shootout goal. The win moved the Wild past St. Louis and Edmonton and into a tie with Dallas for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot - with all three teams still in action late Tuesday.

Peter Budaj finished with 27 saves but was denied the victory after winning three of his four previous games. Ryan Smyth scored his team-leading 26th goal of the season and Cody McLeod scored his first goal since Feb. 5, but Colorado dropped to 3-8-1 in its last 12 contests.

Minnesota, playing at home after nine of 10 on the road, improved to 3-5-3 in its last 11 games and avenged a 2-1 shootout loss to the Avalanche in Denver on March 12. The home points are even more critical considering the Wild returns to the road for five of its next six games.

Minnesota came back twice in the game after first falling behind at 9:21 of the second period. Colorado got the scoring started when McLeod's wraparound attempt hit Backstrom and flipped high off the ice, bounced off a Wild defender and fluttered over the Minnesota netminder. The tally was only McLeod's second point in 16 games.

Stephane Veilleux's goal from Martin Skoula and Eric Belanger tied the score less than two minutes later, but Smyth scored for the second straight game at 13:51 to pull the Avalanche back in front.

Smyth tipped Wolski's shot from the high slot from in front of the crease with his back turned to the net, beating Backstrom between the pads.

Colorado killed a pair of ensuing penalties, but Schultz's slapshot found an opening above Budaj's right shoulder to tie the score and set up overtime.

The Wild improved to 4-1-1 against the Avalanche this season, and 8-1-2 in the last 11 regular season meetings.

Notes: Avalanche D Daniel Tjarnqvist was scratched due to a gash above his eye suffered on Sunday in Vancouver. ... Fellow D Adam Foote missed his third game due to a head injury, prompting Colorado to call up Lake Erie D Derek Peltier, a native of Plymouth, Minn. and a University of Minnesota alum. Peltier and D Mike Vernace, who was called up from Lake Erie on Monday, both made their NHL debuts on Tuesday. ... Minnesota D Kurtis Foster made his home debut and played for just the second time this season following an extended rehab from a broken leg suffered March 19, 2008 at San Jose. Foster played at Los Angeles on March 7, but was scratched in the Wild's ensuing five games.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
09:21
COL
Cody McLeod (13) Wrap-around - ASST: Ben Guite (6)
1 - 0 COL
11:05
MIN
Stephane Veilleux (12) Tip-in - ASST: Martin Skoula (10), Eric Belanger (19)
1 - 1 Tie
13:51
COL
Ryan Smyth (26) Tip-in - ASST: Wojtek Wolski (25)
2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
18:14
MIN
Nick Schultz (2) Slapshot - ASST: Dan Fritsche (6), Eric Belanger (20)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCOLMINTOTAL
1W. Wolski
M. Koivu
1 - 1
2M. Hejduk
P. Bouchard
1 - 1
3M. Svatos
M. Zidlicky
1 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
11:04
COL
Cody McCormick  Interference against  Derek Boogaard
2nd Period
03:53
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Hooking against  Ian Laperriere
16:31
COL
Ben Guite  Hooking against  Cal Clutterbuck
3rd Period
12:02
COL
Ben Guite  Holding against  Andrew Brunette
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 29TOI: 65:00
Saves: 27EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
31-20-7
SA: 26TOI: 64:54
Saves: 24EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0
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