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Wild 5, Avalanche 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Wild 5, Avalanche 3
Colorado Avalanche 3, Minnesota Wild 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.

Kyle Quincey, Paul Stastny and Chris Stewart scored for the Avalanche, 1-5-4 in its last 10 trips to Minnesota.

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
Kyle Quincey (3) ASST: Matt Duchene (8), Craig Anderson (2)
1 - 0 COL
Owen Nolan (7) ASST: Greg Zanon (2)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Chuck Kobasew (2) ASST: Derek Boogaard (1)
2 - 1 MIN
PPG - Paul Stastny (6) ASST: Chris Stewart (8), John-Michael Liles (7)
2 - 2 Tie
PPG - Chuck Kobasew (3) ASST: Andrew Brunette (10), Mikko Koivu (16)
3 - 2 MIN
Chris Stewart (2) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (12)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
PPG - Andrew Brunette (9) ASST: Mikko Koivu (17), Marek Zidlicky (11)
4 - 3 MIN
EN - Chuck Kobasew (4) ASST: Mikko Koivu (18), Greg Zanon (3)
5 - 3 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
David Koci  Charging against  Greg Zanon
Chuck Kobasew  Slashing against  Ryan Wilson
2nd Period
Robbie Earl  Hooking against  Wojtek Wolski
Marek Svatos  Tripping against  Eric Belanger
Kim Johnsson  Hooking against  TJ Galiardi
Ryan Wilson  Holding against  Mikko Koivu
3rd Period
Marek Zidlicky  Tripping against  TJ Galiardi
Darcy Tucker  Slashing against  Kyle Brodziak
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 31TOI: 58:45
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 1
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 34TOI: 59:58
Saves: 31EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
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