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game recap

Avalanche 4, Wild 3

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:44 PM

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Matt Hendricks scored short-handed to cap a three-goal second period for Colorado, and the Avalanche hung on to beat the Minnesota Wild, 4-3, on Monday for the first time in five tries this season.

Matt Duchene, Chris Stewart and Milan Hejduk also had goals for the Avs, who took advantage of uncharacteristic sloppiness by Niklas Backstrom and the Wild and beat Minnesota in regulation for only the second time in the past 16 regular-season matchups between these Northwest Division opponents.

Owen Nolan and Martin Havlat scored less than two minutes apart midway through the third period, with Havlat's breakaway cutting the once-wide lead to one with 6:03 left and sending the crowd into a frenzy.

Craig Anderson faced a flurry of shots in the final minutes, including a bad bounce off the boards that almost caught him out of position, but finished strong with 28 saves.

The Wild outshot the Avs 13-4 in the third period.

They were playing well, their best stretch this season under new coach Todd Richards, until arriving in Ottawa on Friday. The van carrying their equipment caught fire, destroying half of the team's gear, much of it form-fitted, and then three players fell ill and couldn't play in the 4-1 loss to the Senators.

More than happy to be home, where they're 10-4-1 this season, the Wild brought energy to this chippy contest - with Clutterbuck and bruiser Derek Boogaard mixing it up with the Avs the most - but negated it with a haphazard performance.

The Wild struggled in the second period.

Stewart and Hejduk each scored on shots from the right wing, sending the puck past Backstrom's stick in both instances. Then came the bad goal to beat all bad goals, when Havlat tried to skate through two defenders and lost the puck at the Colorado blue line. The Avs cleared it all the way to the opposite end, but while the Wild changed lines nobody chased it down and Hendricks corralled it. He sent it to Cody McLeod, who gave it back to Hendricks for an easy score and a 4-1 advantage.

NOTES: Backstrom fell to 14-3-2 in his past 19 starts against the Avs. ... Hendricks scored for the first time in his home state. He's from an area suburb, Blaine, and played collegiately at St. Cloud State. ... The Wild announced the call-up of RW Jon DiSalvatore from Houston in the afternoon and sent him back to the AHL club less than three hours later when Nolan was activated from injured reserve. Nolan missed the past four games with an unspecified lower-body injury. ... After going 11 games with only one point, Duchene has eight goals and eight assists in his past 17 games since Nov. 18. Stewart has had a similar swing: After 10 games without a point, he has eight goals and nine assists in his past 14 games.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:49
COL
Matt Duchene (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Darcy Tucker (5), TJ Galiardi (9)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
03:49
COL
Chris Stewart (9) Slapshot - ASST: Paul Stastny (29)
2 - 0 COL
10:29
COL
Milan Hejduk (14) Snap shot - ASST: TJ Galiardi (10)
3 - 0 COL
13:55
MIN
SHG - Cal Clutterbuck (7) Snap shot - ASST: Nick Schultz (7)
3 - 1 COL
17:16
COL
SHG - Matt Hendricks (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Cody McLeod (5)
4 - 1 COL
3rd Period
12:05
MIN
Owen Nolan (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Chuck Kobasew (5), Kim Johnsson (5)
4 - 2 COL
13:57
MIN
Marty Havlat (6) Snap shot - ASST: Clayton Stoner (2), Andrew Brunette (20)
4 - 3 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:12
COL
Milan Hejduk  Hooking against  Shane Hnidy
16:05
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Hooking against  Chris Stewart
17:26
MIN
Owen Nolan  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Kyle Quincey
2nd Period
07:11
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
09:33
COL
Chris Durno  Fighting (maj) against  Clayton Stoner
09:33
MIN
Clayton Stoner  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Durno
11:19
MIN
Shane Hnidy  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Cody McLeod
11:19
COL
Cody McLeod  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Shane Hnidy
12:12
MIN
Marty Havlat  Boarding against  John-Michael Liles
16:31
COL
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Andrew Brunette
17:55
COL
Ryan O'Reilly  Hi-sticking against  Owen Nolan
3rd Period
03:35
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Boarding against  Kyle Quincey
09:55
COL
Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .903SH: 1 - 2
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
15-12-3
SA: 21TOI: 58:11
Saves: 17EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .810SH: 0 - 1
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