Just two days after getting shutout by Semyon Varlamov, the Wild were held off the scoreboard until the early portion of the third period in a 7-1 loss Tuesday at the Pepsi Center.
The Avalanche (35-29-4) busted the game open with three goals in one minute and 56 seconds in the latter stages of the second period.
Wild goaltender Matt Hackett started the game and had 17 saves, before getting pulled after the second goal of that Avalanche barrage. Hackett, who was really good Sunday, gave up a bad rebound on the Avalanche first goal – just over three minutes into the game – and allowed a soft goal on a long shot from the point at the boards for the third score.
Josh Harding entered and stopped 15 shots.
The Wild (28-29-10) can blame injuries, but an 8-21-7 record since Dec. 13 is a lot more than just that.
Every aspect of the game is a problem of the Wild.
It can’t score.
It can’t shoot.
It can’t pass.
It can’t keep possession of the puck.
It can’t cover any one.
It can’t keep the puck out of the net.
It can’t win.
Did I miss anything?
It just doesn’t look like the team wants the puck.
No. 3 – Jamie McGinn. The Avalanche forward had a goal and an assist.
No. 2 – Steve Downie. The Avalanche forward recorded three assists.
No. 1 – Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche forward recorded two assists.
Minnesota 0 0 1 – 1
Colorado 1 4 2 – 7
First Period – 1, Colorado, McClement 10 (McLeod), 3:05. Penalties – Prosser, Min (delay of game-puck over glass), 7:43; Brodziak, Min (instigator; served by Palmieri), 10:04; Brodziak, Min, major (fighting), 10:04; Brodziak, misconduct (10-minute), 10:04; McGinn, Col, major (fighting), 10:04; Ortmeyer, Min (roughing), 15:56; Peters, Min, major (fighting), 15:56; Johnson, Col, major (fighting), 15:56; Landeskog, Col (roughing), 15:56; McLeod, Col (roughing), 17:52.
Second Period – 2, Colorado, McGinn 15 (Mueller, Downie), 10:53 (pp). 3, Colorado, Hejda 5 (Downie, Landeskog), 14:38. 4, Colorado, Olver 3 (Statsny, Jones), 15:32. 5, Colorado, O’Reilly 17 (Landeskog, Downie), 16:34. Penalties – Peters, Min (goaltender interference), 6:02; Christensen, Min (tripping), 9:08.
Third Period – 6, Minnesota, Setoguchi 17, penalty shot, (unassisted), 4:34. 7, Colorado, Statsny 17 (Jones, McGinn), 13:09. 8, Colorado, McLeod 5 (Wilson, Hejda), 18:37. Penalties – Mueller, Col (tripping), 14:22.
Penalty Shot – Minnesota, Setoguchi (goal).
Shots on goal – Minnesota 9-8-5 22. Colorado 12-15-13 39.
Goalies – Minnesota, Hackett (17-21), Harding (15-18). Colorado, Varlamov (21-22). A – N/A. Referees – Mike Leggo, Justin St. Pierre. Linesmen – Darren Gibbs, Bryan Pancich.