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Avalanche 7, Wild 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 7, Wild 4
Minnesota Wild 4, Colorado Avalanche 7

DENVER (AP) -Greg Mauldin scored two goals to fuel Colorado's four-goal burst in the second period and the Avalanche recorded a season-high goal total to beat the Minnesota Wild 7-4 on Saturday night and snap a two-game losing streak.

However, the game did take a toll on the health of the Avalanche, which saw Chris Stewart and Daniel Winnik sustain injuries.

Winnick left in the first period after being struck in the right leg by a puck. He left the ice under his own power but was limping noticeably. It was later revealed that he suffered a leg contusion.

Stewart sustained a fractured hand after fighting late in the second period with Minnesota's Kyle Brodziak.

Trailing 2-1 entering the second, the Avalanche tied it on Mauldin's first goal of the night 2:45 into the period. They surged in front with a three-goal flurry over a 2:11 stretch, including Mauldin's second goal at 7:50 of the second, in which he collected a rebound off the end wall and knocked it past goalie Niklas Backstrom.

The Avs regained the lead on Milan Hejduk's power play score at 7:18 of the second. They pulled away to a three-goal advantage 1:21 later when Kevin Shattenkirk gathered in a loose puck along the boards near the blue line and fired a wrist shot that beat Backstrom. Shattenkirk extended his point streak to six games, the longest by a rookie defenseman this season.

Backstrom was replaced by Jose Theodore after Matt Duchene scored the Avalanche's seventh goal of the night at 6:49 of the third.

Colorado scored 1:01 into the game, its quickest goal to start a game this season, when Paul Stastny put in a shot from a tough angle.

But the Wild answered later in the first with a pair of goals to go in front. Antti Miettinen tied it up with at 14:19 of the first with his sixth goal of the season and Matt Cullen beat Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj with a slap shot from just inside the blue line on the power play at 19:39.

David Jones added a goal for the Avalanche at 5:03 of third to offset Brodziak's goal for the Wild at 14:22 of the second. Broadziak scored his second of the night at 13:58 of the third.

NOTES: Minnesota won five of the six meetings with Colorado last season, including two in shootouts. ... The Avs' previous season high for goals in a game was six, which they achieved against Calgary on Oct. 28 and St. Louis on Nov. 15. ... The four goals in the second were the most the Wild have given up in a period this season. ... The last time Minnesota allowed seven goals in a game was at Phoenix on April 12, 2002.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:01
COL
Paul Stastny (9) ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (5), Milan Hejduk (18)
1 - 0 COL
14:19
MIN
Antti Miettinen (6) ASST: Cal Clutterbuck (2)
1 - 1 Tie
19:39
MIN
PPG - Matt Cullen (5) ASST: Antti Miettinen (6), Mikko Koivu (14)
2 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
02:45
COL
Greg Mauldin (2) ASST: Paul Stastny (13), Ryan O'Byrne (2)
2 - 2 Tie
07:18
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (8) ASST: Chris Stewart (14), John-Michael Liles (19)
3 - 2 COL
07:50
COL
Greg Mauldin (3) ASST: Ryan Wilson (4), Cody McLeod (2)
4 - 2 COL
09:29
COL
Kevin Shattenkirk (4) ASST: NONE
5 - 2 COL
14:22
MIN
Kyle Brodziak (3) ASST: Martin Havlat (16)
5 - 3 COL
3rd Period
05:03
COL
David Jones (10) ASST: Greg Mauldin (3), Ryan Wilson (5)
6 - 3 COL
06:49
COL
Matt Duchene (6) ASST: Greg Mauldin (4), Kevin Shattenkirk (6)
7 - 3 COL
13:58
MIN
Kyle Brodziak (4) ASST: Martin Havlat (17), Marek Zidlicky (9)
7 - 4 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
16:56
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Tripping against  Ryan O'Reilly
19:34
COL
Kevin Porter  Hi-sticking against  Brent Burns
2nd Period
02:59
MIN
Marek Zidlicky  Interference against  Paul Stastny
05:53
MIN
Nick Schultz  Interference against  John-Michael Liles
17:06
COL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Brodziak
17:06
MIN
Kyle Brodziak  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
3rd Period
08:27
MIN
Brad Staubitz  Boarding against  Ryan O'Byrne
16:22
COL
John-Michael Liles  Delaying Game-Smothering puck
16:44
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  David Jones
18:09
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Slashing against  Matt Cullen
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
8-7-2
SA: 38TOI: 46:49
Saves: 31EV: 24 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .816SH: 0 - 0
José Théodore
SA: 2TOI: 13:11
Saves: 2EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
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