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Avalanche 4, Wild 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 4, Wild 1
Colorado Avalanche 4, Minnesota Wild 1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Craig Anderson made 32 saves to help the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Friday night, a victory tempered by the loss of center Ryan O'Reilly after he crashed headfirst into the boards.

Colorado led 2-0 early in the second period when O'Reilly was taken off the ice on a stretcher after losing his balance and slamming into the boards. A team official said O'Reilly had movement in his arms and legs and was taken to Regions Hospital. The injury delayed the game for about 10 minutes.

Kevin Porter, Milan Hejduk, Tomas Fleischmann and Ryan Wilson scored for Colorado.

Andrew Brunette scored for Minnesota.

Colorado extended its lead to 3-0 in the second when Fleischmann flicked a shot toward the net from the blue line and the puck bounced between rookie goalie Anton Khudobin's legs. Khudobin was playing because Niklas Backstrom and Jose Theodore, Minnesota's top two goalies, are out with lower-body injuries.

Once formidable at home, the Wild were booed by the hometown fans after the second period. They are 3-6-1 in their last 10 home games.

The Wild's lone goal came early in the third when Mikko Koivu's spin-o-rama pass from behind the net set up Brunette for an easy goal.

Colorado winger Chris Stewart played his first game since injuring his hand fighting the Wild's Kyle Brodziak on Nov. 27. Stewart was Colorado's leading goal scorer when he was injured.

Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck talked some trash after Minnesota beat the Avalanche on Dec. 23, leaving some to speculate that Colorado's players could seek revenge on Friday. There was a minor scuffle 27 seconds into the game, but no further incidents.

Porter and Hejduk scored in the first period, with Porter placing a nice wrist shot into the upper corner of the net during a rush at 8:55 and Hejduk doing the same on a power play at 17:34.  Wilson added an empty-netter late in the third.

NOTES: Wild coach Todd Richards didn't know if Theodore would be ready for Sunday's game against Vancouver. Backstrom skated in the morning and could be ready by Tuesday. ... The Wild recalled D Jared Spurgeon before the game and assigned F Patrick O'Sullivan to Houston of the AHL. The Wild also recalled G Matt Hackett to back up Khudobin. ... The Avalanche placed winger Greg Mauldin on waivers to make room for Stewart. ...Wild D Marco Scandella left the game in the third and didn't return after getting hit in the head with the puck.

scoring summary
1st Period
Kevin Porter (9) ASST: Philippe Dupuis (9)
1 - 0 COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (14) ASST: Paul Stastny (22), Matt Hunwick (5)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
Tomas Fleischmann (12) ASST: John-Michael Liles (26), Ryan O'Byrne (6)
3 - 0 COL
3rd Period
Andrew Brunette (10) ASST: Mikko Koivu (27), Antti Miettinen (13)
3 - 1 COL
EN - Ryan Wilson (3) ASST: NONE
4 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
Ryan Wilson  Tripping against  Chuck Kobasew
Greg Zanon  Tripping against  Tomas Fleischmann
2nd Period
Chris Stewart  Too many men/ice - bench
Adam Foote  Roughing against  Kyle Brodziak
Eric Nystrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
3rd Period
Paul Stastny  Tripping against  Mikko Koivu
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .970SH: 0 - 0
Anton Khudobin
Anton Khudobin
SA: 17TOI: 59:23
Saves: 14EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .824SH: 2 - 2 is the official Web site of the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado Avalanche and are trademarks of Colorado Avalanche, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Colorado Avalanche Hockey Team, Inc. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.