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Wild 3, Avalanche 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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

DENVER (AP) - Mikko Koivu and Andrew Ebbett scored in the shootout and Josh Harding stopped both of Colorado's shooters to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Avalanche 3-2 on Saturday night and take four points out of the home-and-home series between the clubs.

Eric Belanger and Guillaume Latendresse scored in regulation and Harding made 20 saves for Minnesota, which beat Colorado 5-3 on Friday night in St. Paul.

Craig Anderson made 34 saves, while Matt Duchene and Matt Hendricks scored for Colorado. The Avalanche has lost five of its last six games.

Colorado suffered another big blow in the game, as David Jones suffered a knee injury in the third period and will be out 4-6 months.

Trailing 2-0, the Wild chipped away at the Colorado lead. Belanger scored 57 seconds into the second period and Latendresse scored with 8:46 left in regulation.

The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead when Hendricks, fresh off the injured reserve list, scored during a rush with Chris Durno with 11:38 left in the first period.

Colorado nearly took a 2-0 lead 2:38 later, but a Duchene goal was waived off because he knocked in the puck with a high stick.

Duchene got his goal later in the period. Wojtek Wolski sent a pass across the Minnesota zone to Paul Stastny, who fed Duchene at the left circle. Harding was inadvertently tripped by Kim Johnsson's stick and couldn't get into position to stop Duchene's goal with 2:20 left.

Minnesota outshot the Avalanche 14-3 in the second and came close to tying it on several chances, but Anderson came up big each time. The Avalanche had to kill off three penalties in the frame, including consecutive penalties by Adam Foote, who drew a minor for delay of game eight seconds after he left the box for interference.

Stastny had Colorado's best chance of the period when he had a short-handed breakaway, but Harding made a sprawling save to keep Minnesota within a goal.

The Wild thought they tied it with 14:06 left in regulation when the puck went off of Ebbett's hand and into the net, but the goal was disallowed after a review.

Latendresse tied it later with his third goal of the season.

NOTES: The Avalanche activated Foote and Hendricks before the game. Colorado placed D Kyle Cumiskey (foot) on IR and put D Tom Preissing on waivers. ... Milan Hejduk (knee) was scratched from the lineup. Colorado said he is day-to-day. ... Minnesota is 11-1-2 in its last 13 games against Colorado.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:22
COL
Matt Hendricks (3) ASST: Chris Durno (2), Adam Foote (4)
1 - 0 COL
17:40
COL
PPG - Matt Duchene (4) ASST: Paul Stastny (19), Wojtek Wolski (13)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
00:57
MIN
Eric Belanger (5) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
11:14
MIN
Guillaume Latendresse (3) ASST: Owen Nolan (5), Shane Hnidy (6)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCOLMIN
1M. SvatosM. Koivu
2W. WolskiA. Ebbett
penalty summary
1st Period
02:23
COL
David Koci  Fighting (maj) against  John Scott
02:23
MIN
John Scott  Fighting (maj) against  David Koci
16:41
MIN
Kyle Brodziak  Interference against  John-Michael Liles
2nd Period
05:27
COL
John-Michael Liles  Cross checking against  Cal Clutterbuck
15:24
COL
Adam Foote  Interference against  Owen Nolan
17:32
COL
Adam Foote  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
16:58
COL
Paul Stastny  Holding against  Andrew Brunette
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
1-3-0
SA: 22TOI: 65:00
Saves: 20EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Craig Anderson
SA: 36TOI: 65:00
Saves: 34EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0
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