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Avalanche Tops Wild, 4-3, In Shootout

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche Tops Wild, 4-3, In Shootout
Colorado Avalanche 4, Minnesota Wild 3
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Duchene
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 22:21
Mikko Koivu
Mikko Koivu
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:51
Mike Rupp
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 12:45

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene scored in the shootout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Thursday night.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu in the shootout to get the win.

Hejduk beat Niklas Backstrom with a backhand move and Duchene beat the Minnesota goaltender with a wrist shot to end the shootout in the Avs' favor.

Hejduk, Duchene and Aaron Palushaj scored in regulation for Colorado, which ended a three-game slide. It was the first shootout of the season for the Avalanche.

Parise, Koivu and Mike Rupp scored for Minnesota, which scored three goals for the first time in seven games. The Wild has 10 goals in that span.

Minnesota was trailing 2-1, when Rupp tied it early in the third by taking a pass from Mikael Granlund at the right post and whacking it past Giguere on the second try.

Koivu gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead at 11:56, picking up a loose puck in the Colorado slot, switching to his backhand and lifting a shot over the glove of Giguere.

Duchene answered 46 seconds later, when from behind the end line, he banked a shot off sliding defenseman Jared Spurgeon and the puck ricocheted into the Wild net.

Colorado opened the scoring at 2:38 of the second when Palushaj fought off Tom Gilbert in the slot and converted a pass from David Jones for his first goal of the season.

Parise answered midway through the frame on a wraparound after Giguere failed to control a rebound off a shot by Koivu. Dany Heatley also had an assist.

In an effort to find some offensive production, Wild coach Mike Yeo has reunited the top line of Parise, Koivu and Heatley after being apart for a little more than a week. Entering the game, Parise had one goal in the past eight contests, Koivu had one assist in his past seven and Heatley was pointless in the past eight.

The trio finished with 13 of Minnesota's 29 shots, including nine by Parise.

Hejduk scored a power-play goal late in the second period for a 2-1 Avalanche lead, putting a rebound of a slap shot by Jamie McGinn over the stick-side shoulder of Backstrom.

With the goal, Hejduk, who turned 37 on Thursday, became the fourth player in franchise history - second in Colorado - to reach 800 career points.

The only other Quebec/Colorado players to reach that number were Joe Sakic (1,641), Peter Stastny (1,048) and Michel Goulet (945). Hejduk has 13 career power-play goals against Minnesota, the most of any Wild opponent.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Aaron Palushaj (1) ASST: David Jones (1), Paul Stastny (4)
1 - 0 COL
Zach Parise (7) ASST: Mikko Koivu (8), Dany Heatley (3)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Milan Hejduk (2) ASST: Jamie McGinn (6), Tyson Barrie (1)
2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
Mike Rupp (1) ASST: Mikael Granlund (4)
2 - 2 Tie
Mikko Koivu (3) ASST: Dany Heatley (4), Ryan Suter (8)
3 - 2 MIN
Matt Duchene (4) ASST: PA Parenteau (4), Shane O'Brien (1)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1Z. PariseM. Hejduk
2M. KoivuM. Duchene
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Patrick Bordeleau  Roughing against  Torrey Mitchell
Zenon Konopka  Roughing against  Greg Zanon
3rd Period
Zach Parise  Hi-sticking against  Matt Duchene
OT Period
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 29TOI: 64:56
Saves: 26EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 32TOI: 65:00
Saves: 29EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
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