|COL||1||2||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|MIN||1||2||2||(0 - 0)||5|
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Chuck Kobasew had a hat trick and Andrew Brunette scored the winning goal on a power midway through the third period Friday, leading the Minnesota Wild past the Colorado Avalanche 5-3.
Kobasew added an empty-net goal with 17.9 seconds left to complete his second career hat trick. Owen Nolan scored once and Niklas Backstrom stopped 31 shots for Minnesota in the opener of a home-and-home series. Kobasew's other hat trick was Jan. 24, 2006, at Colorado.
Brunette took a pass across the crease from Mikko Koivu and sent the puck over a sprawled Craig Anderson for the winner. It was his team-leading ninth goal and sixth on the power play. Minnesota, which was 2-for-20 on the power play in its last five games, scored twice with the man-advantage.
The teams meet again Saturday night in Denver.
In his second game back after missing the previous four with an upper-body injury, Kobasew helped to set up his own goal early in the second.
He knocked Quincey off the puck - and his skates - with a hit in the right circle. Enforcer Derek Boogaard corralled the loose puck, skated below the goal line and backhanded a pass to Kobasew alone in the slot where he beat Anderson on the stick side. It was Boogaard's first point since Dec. 19, 2008.
After Stastny scored on a rebound to tie the game, Kobasew took a feed from Andrew Brunette and again beat Anderson from the slot for a 3-2 Wild lead at the six-minute mark.
Stewart converted a 2-on-1 with Wojtek Wolski late in the period to tie the game. Wolski has five assists in his last six games.
Colorado nearly scored again when a shot from Cody McLeod was rolling on edge along the goal line, but in swiping at the puck in a rebound attempt, T.J. Galiardi inadvertently knocked the puck back to Backstrom.
Quincey scored on a one-timer and Nolan on a rebound in the first period.
NOTES: Colorado placed D Adam Foote on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 17 and recalled forward Chris Durno and defenseman Brain Fahey from AHL Lake Erie. Both were scratches. ... Minnesota placed D Brent Burns (concussion) and RW Martin Havlat (hamstring) on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 18 and recalled D Jamie Sifers from AHL Houston, but he did not suit up. ... Guillaume Latendresse, acquired Monday for Benoit Pouliot, played his first game for Minnesota. ... The Wild have played a home game the day after Thanksgiving each year in franchise history, going 6-2-1.
|Kyle Quincey (3) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Duchene (8), Craig Anderson (2)|
1 - 0 COL
|Owen Nolan (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Greg Zanon (2)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Chuck Kobasew (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Derek Boogaard (1)|
2 - 1 MIN
|PPG - Paul Stastny (6) Tip-in - ASST: Chris Stewart (8), John-Michael Liles (7)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Chuck Kobasew (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Andrew Brunette (10), Mikko Koivu (16)|
3 - 2 MIN
|Chris Stewart (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Wojtek Wolski (12)|
3 - 3 Tie
|PPG - Andrew Brunette (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (17), Marek Zidlicky (11)|
4 - 3 MIN
|EN - Chuck Kobasew (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (18), Greg Zanon (3)|
5 - 3 MIN
|David Koci Charging against Greg Zanon|
|Chuck Kobasew Slashing against Ryan Wilson|
|Robbie Earl Hooking against Wojtek Wolski|
|Marek Svatos Tripping against Eric Belanger|
|Kim Johnsson Hooking against TJ Galiardi|
|Ryan Wilson Holding against Mikko Koivu|
|Marek Zidlicky Tripping against TJ Galiardi|
|Darcy Tucker Slashing against Kyle Brodziak|
|SA: 31||TOI: 58:45|
|Saves: 27||EV: 21 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 7|
|SV%: .871||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 34||TOI: 59:58|
|Saves: 31||EV: 25 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .912||SH: 0 - 0|