|MIN||4||1||1||(0 - 0)||6|
|COL||1||2||1||(0 - 0)||4|
DENVER -- One year after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Minnesota Wild has set their sights on first place in the Northwest Division.
The Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 6-4, Saturday at Pepsi Center to keep the pressure on the division-leading Vancouver Canucks.
The Wild have won four of their past five games and are 11-5-1 since Feb. 9.
Devin Setoguchi led the Wild with two goals and an assist; Ryan Suter and Pierre-Marc Bouchard each collected a goal and an assist.
The Wild broke out to a 4-1 lead in the first period against Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who faced 14 shots in his first home start of the season and was replaced by Semyon Varlamov to begin the second period.
The Wild regained its two-goal advantage at 12:02 of the second stanza when Bouchard intercepted Landeskog's cross-ice pass from the corner and beat Varlamov from the right circle.
Setoguchi and the Avalanche's Chuck Kobasew traded goals in the third period. Bouchard fed Setoguchi skating in alone on Varlamov at 10:22, and Kobasew scored at 18:07.
Parenteau scored at 2:45 of the second period when he moved through traffic into the goalmouth and slipped the puck past goalie Niklas Backstrom to make it 4-2. Landeskog scored from the slot off a pass from Matt Duchene, who regained possession after his shot was blocked by Wild defenseman Charlie Coyle.
Suter and Setoguchi picked up goals 1:44 apart for a 2-0 Wild lead at the six-minute mark of the first period, prompting Avalanche coach Joe Sacco to use his timeout. Whatever Sacco said, it didn't work, because Cal Clutterbuck scored 3:04 later with a shot from a bad angle after Dany Heatley rang one off the left post.
The Avalanche got on the board at 14:11 of the first period on a goal by John Mitchell, who scored from the right-wing boards, but the Wild answered at 17:18 after Heatley fired another shot off the left post. Kyle Brodziak, skating to the net from the right side, watched the puck from Heatley's shot skip off his skate before he knocked it out of the air and behind Giguere.
Suter opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 4:16 with a one-timer from the right point. Setoguchi followed from the slot at the six-minute mark, beating Giguere to the glove side while using Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick as a screen.
The game for the Avalanche was the first of a three-game homestand, which continues on Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
|PPG - Ryan Suter (2) Slapshot - ASST: Jared Spurgeon (4), Zach Parise (11)|
1 - 0 MIN
|Devin Setoguchi (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Cullen (15), Clayton Stoner (4)|
2 - 0 MIN
|Cal Clutterbuck (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (6), Ryan Suter (21)|
3 - 0 MIN
|John Mitchell (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Aaron Palushaj (5)|
3 - 1 MIN
|Kyle Brodziak (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (7), Devin Setoguchi (8)|
4 - 1 MIN
|Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Duchene (17), Gabriel Landeskog (5)|
4 - 2 MIN
|Gabriel Landeskog (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Duchene (18), Ryan O'Reilly (4)|
4 - 3 MIN
|Pierre-Marc Bouchard (3) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE|
5 - 3 MIN
|Devin Setoguchi (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (5), Justin Falk (2)|
6 - 3 MIN
|Chuck Kobasew (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Cody McLeod (3), Greg Zanon (2)|
6 - 4 MIN
|Ryan O'Byrne Fighting (maj) against Justin Falk|
|Justin Falk Fighting (maj) against Ryan O'Byrne|
|John Mitchell Roughing against Tom Gilbert|
|Justin Falk Unsportsmanlike conduct against John Mitchell|
|Tom Gilbert Roughing against John Mitchell|
|Jamie McGinn Roughing against Jonas Brodin|
|Patrick Bordeleau Fighting (maj) against Mike Rupp|
|Mike Rupp Fighting (maj) against Patrick Bordeleau|
|John Mitchell Tripping against Clayton Stoner|
|Cal Clutterbuck Hooking against Matt Duchene|