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Wild 3, Avalanche 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Wild 3, Avalanche 1
Minnesota Wild 3, Colorado Avalanche 1

DENVER (AP) - Matt Cullen had two goals and an assist, Niklas Backstrom stopped 36 shots and the Minnesota Wild beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Thursday night.

Andrew Brunette also scored and Marek Zidlicky and Antti Miettinen had assists for Minnesota, which has won three straight.

David Jones scored for the Avalanche and Peter Budaj had 18 saves in relief of Craig Anderson. Colorado has lost two in a row after winning six straight.

The Wild led 2-1 after the first period on a pair of goals by Cullen, his seventh and eighth. Cal Clutterbuck stole a pass at the Minnesota blueline, raced down the ice and his shot was saved by Anderson. Cullen trailed the play and knocked the rebound into the empty net with 10:27 left in period.

The Avalanche struck back 45 seconds later when Backstrom couldn't cover up a shot by Brandon Yip and Jones chipped in the rebound for his 12th goal of the season and first in 11 games.

The Wild got the lead back when Zidlicky's shot from the blue line bounced off the boards and off Anderson's glove as he tried to grab the carom. Cullen knocked the puck in to give Minnesota the lead.

Brunette made it 3-1 with a power-play goal when he tipped Cullen's shot from off the boards past Anderson, for his seventh of the season. Anderson was pulled in favor of backup Budaj after making 11 saves.

The Avalanche had several chances to score in the third period but Backstrom came up with big saves throughout the frame. He finished with 15 saves in the third, his busiest period of the game.

Notes: Cullen notched his first three-point game of the season. ... The Avalanche are 2-5-1 against the Northwest Division and 17-7-3 against the rest of the NHL. ... Minnesota has scored at least one power-play goal in 15 of its past 18 games against Colorado.

scoring summary
1st Period
SHG - Matt Cullen (7) ASST: Cal Clutterbuck (5)
1 - 0 MIN
PPG - David Jones (12) ASST: Brandon Yip (7), Matt Hunwick (4)
1 - 1 Tie
Matt Cullen (8) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (14)
2 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
PPG - Andrew Brunette (7) ASST: Matt Cullen (14), Antti Miettinen (9)
3 - 1 MIN
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Martin Havlat  Slashing against  Matt Duchene
Mikko Koivu  Roughing against  Ryan O'Byrne
Ryan Wilson  Fighting (maj) against  Kyle Brodziak
Kyle Brodziak  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Wilson
2nd Period
David Koci  Roughing against  Eric Nystrom
Kevin Porter  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
Daniel Winnik  Tripping against  Greg Zanon
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 34 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .973SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 18TOI: 35:58
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 14TOI: 22:33
Saves: 11EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
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