Wild sweeps home-and-home series with the Avalanche
Things were feisty early with the two teams combining for four penalties for eight minutes and four fighting majors for 40 minutes. That all came in the first five minutes of the game.
The game settled down and just two minor penalties were called the rest of the game.
The Wild finished the game 1-2 on the power play and held the Avalanche without a goal on its two man-advantange opportunities.
The Wild (15-10-2) extended its lead to 3-0 by the mid-point of the opening period.
The Avalanche got on the board in the first to cut the deficit to two, but the Wild answered and appeared to be starting a rout.
The Avalanche (10-13-4) came out with a sense of urgency to begin the second period and cut the Wild's lead to one at the 10:23 mark.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard responded with a backhand goal off an errant pass from Gabriel Landeskog across the center of the Avalanche's defense zone.
The Wild reclaimed a three-goal lead when Bouchard found Devin Setoguchi for his second goal of the game.
Setoguchi's two goals came in very different fashions. The came on a laser wrist over the glove of Jean-Sebastian Giguere in the first period and the second came on breakaway by sliding the puck between the legs of Semyon Varlamov, who entered the game at the beginning of the second period.
The Avalanche made the game interesting when former Wild forward Chuck Kobasew scored with just under two minutes remaining in the game.
The Wild travels to Vancouver to take on the Canucks Monday in a game that could determine the Northwest Division leader.
No. 3 – Pierre-Marc Bouchard. The Wild forward recorded a goal and an assist.
No. 2 – Ryan Suter. The Wild defenseman scored a goal and added an assist.
No. 1 – Devin Setoguchi. The Wild forward scored two goals and had an assist.
Minnesota…..4 1 1 – 6
Colorado……1 2 1 – 4
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Suter 2 (Spurgeon, Parise), 4:16 (pp). 2, Minnesota, Setoguchi 8 (Cullen, Stoner), 6:00. 3, Minnesota, Clutterbuck 3 (Heatley, Suter), 9:04. 4, Colorado, Mitchell 9 (Palushaj), 14:11. 5, Minnesota, Brodziak 4 (Heatley, Setoguchi), 17:18. Penalties – Falk, Min, major (fighting), :32; Falk, Min, (unsportsmanlike conduct: Bouchard), :32; Gilbert, Min (roughing), :32; O'Byrne, Col, major (fighting), :32; Mitchell, Col (roughing), :32; McGinn, Col (roughing), 2:57; Rupp, Min, major, (fighting), 4:20; Bordeleau, Col, major, (fighting), 4:20; Mitchell, Col (tripping), 19:44.
Second Period – 6, Colorado, Parenteau 12 (Duchene, Landeskog), 2:45. 7, Colorado, Landeskog 10 (Duchene, O'Reilly), 10:23. 8, Minnesota, Bouchard 3 (unassisted), 12:02. Penalties – Clutterbuck, Min (hooking), 8:17.
Third Period – 9, Minnesota, Setoguchi 9 (Bouchard, Falk), 10:22. 10, Colorado, Kobasew 3 (McLeod, Zanon), 18:07. Penalties – None.
Shots on goal – Minnesota 14-9-5 28. Colorado 8-13-11 32.
Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (28-32). Colorado, Giguere (10-14), Varlamov (12-14). Referees – Mike Leggo, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen – Jean Morin, Bryan Pancich.