07:18 2nd OT
CHI#3
3
STL#2
3
05:44 3rd
MIN#4
4
COL#1
3
07:03 2nd
LAK#3
0
SJS#2
4
FINAL
PHI#3
1
NYR#2
4
COL
16-25-7
MIN
26-19-3

32 SOG
40 SOG

Three-goal second period lifts Wild over Avalanche

Dan Myers  - NHL.com Correspondent | Friday, 03.15.2013 / 2:08 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Clinging to a 4-3 lead and outshooting the opponent 39-32, Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo was doing quick math on the bench as the clock ran down Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.

"When they pulled their goalie, I was just hoping we'd get to 40 before they'd get to 33," Yeo said.

Mikko Koivu's second goal of the night, a backhander into an open net, was indeed Minnesota's 40th shot of the night and closed out an impressive 5-3 win over Colorado at Xcel Energy Center.

It was a three-goal second period that energized the home team as the Wild put a trio past Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov in a span of just over three minutes. Varlamov faced a barrage of shots in the second -- 19 in all -- and made 28 saves by the end of 40 minutes.

The bevy of chances saw the Wild turn a 1-1 tie after one into a 4-2 lead after two.

After the game, Avalanche players talked about a lack of desperation during a second period when everything seemed to go wrong and every mistake seemed to compound with another one just after.

"They outworked us in that second period, they outcompeted us, they won more battles," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "We talked about a couple of things before the game: a high compete level, which I didn't see in the second period."

Devin Setoguchi scored his sixth goal of the season to open the floodgates, but Matt Cullen did much of the work. The veteran center sped by Colorado defenseman Greg Zanon and put a shot on net that Varlamov stopped, but a crashing Setoguchi poked home the rebound at 8:01.

Just 1:42 later, the Wild went up 3-1 on a snipe from the left dot by rookie defenseman Jonas Brodin, his first NHL goal.

"It took a while to get my first goal, but I'm just happy the team won. We played a good game tonight," Brodin said after appearing in his 23rd game. "We played good in the second period. It was a tough game tonight, but I think we controlled it pretty good."

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog pulled Colorado back within 3-2 23 seconds later, but the Wild re-established the two-goal edge on a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play. Zach Parise charged into the offensive zone and dished back to Ryan Suter in the slot. Suter one-touched it back to Parise, who tapped it to Koivu near the left post, where he fired it into an open net at 11:12 for his fifth of the season.

"I didn't know it was a 3-on-2 until our bench started yelling, so I looked back and saw Ryan," Parise said. "I knew Ryan was going to give it back to me and I had my mind made up to try and get it across to Mikko."

Parise's second pass caught Varlamov completely off guard -- the goaltender was well out of his crease expecting a shot on the return feed by Suter.

"I think he knows I like to shoot," Parise said.

The goal was Koivu's first in five games. Suter's three-assist night marked his fifth multipoint game of the season. He has 11 assists in Minnesota's past nine games.

"We talked about making sure we are hard on the body, finishing our checks, managing the puck well -- all things we got away from in the second period," Sacco said. "We hung Varly out to dry. You can't keep doing that to your goaltender and expect to win games."

Minnesota grabbed the early lead when Cullen fed Torrey Mitchell in front with a pass from the right corner. Mitchell, who had an early goal wiped away Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks, buried his second of the year with a wrister 3:04 into the game.

"Big goal and a big start by [Mitchell]," Parise said. "To get us on the board, get us going and make us feel good. It's easier to play with a lead."

Colorado tied it in the waning stages of the first period on a power-play goal by PA Parenteau, whose off-speed knuckler wobbled past Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom with 25.4 seconds left.

The Avalanche made it 4-3 midway through the third period when Parenteau scored his second of the night with 13:17 remaining. Defenseman Erik Johnson fired a shot intentionally wide to the right of Backstrom, and the puck caromed off the end boards right to Parenteau in front for his 12th of the season.

"They're a very skilled team. They come at you," Yeo said. "They find ways to get chances, and that's not an easy team to play against."

Colorado pulled Varlamov with just over a minute to play and had a couple of good scoring chances, but Koivu added his second of the night on a backhander into the empty net with 33.3 seconds remaining.

Backstrom made 29 saves, including a close-in try by Ryan O'Reilly in the final minute, to earn his 12th victory. Varlamov stopped 35 shots.

Yeo was especially pleased by the play of his veterans, mentioning Cullen and Clayton Stoner as well as his entire third line of Dany Heatley, Kyle Brodziak and Cal Clutterbuck, which didn't figure into scoring but played energetic minutes all night.

"I can go through a lot of guys," Yeo said. "Our leadership has been very, very solid lately and their play backed it up tonight."

The Avalanche have lost eight games in a row on the road and are 2-9-3 away from Pepsi Center.

"We have to find ways to win on the road. It's unacceptable right now, the record we have on the road," Parenteau said. "We have to find a way as a team to fix that. It's a short season, we're running out of time here."

Minnesota is 2-0-1 against Colorado this season, with all three games in St. Paul. The teams play their first game in Denver on Saturday.

The victory moved the Wild six points ahead of the Avalanche in the Northwest Division and into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference.

1st2nd3rdT
COL
MIN
Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:04MIN Torrey Mitchell (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Cullen (13) 1 - 0 MIN
19:34COL PPG - PA Parenteau (11) Slapshot - ASST: Matt Duchene (16), Paul Stastny (10) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
08:01MIN Devin Setoguchi (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Cullen (14), Pierre-Marc Bouchard (4) 2 - 1 MIN
09:43MIN Jonas Brodin (1) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Suter (18) 3 - 1 MIN
10:06COL Gabriel Landeskog (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (3), Erik Johnson (3) 3 - 2 MIN
11:12MIN Mikko Koivu (5) Snap shot - ASST: Zach Parise (9), Ryan Suter (19) 4 - 2 MIN
3rd Period
06:43COL Matt Duchene (12) Tip-in - ASST: PA Parenteau (16), Erik Johnson (4) 4 - 3 MIN
19:26MIN EN - Mikko Koivu (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Zach Parise (10), Ryan Suter (20) 5 - 3 MIN
Three Stars of the Game
Jonas Brodin
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:30
Matt Cullen
2nd
G: 0Shots: 7
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:13
Ryan Suter
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 24:26
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:45MIN Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
02:45COL Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
14:48COL Erik Johnson  Interference against  Zach Parise
16:18COL Greg Zanon  Slashing against  Devin Setoguchi
19:01MIN Justin Falk  Holding against  Ryan O'Reilly
2nd Period
00:20MIN Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  Paul Stastny
09:30COL Greg Zanon  Tripping against  Mike Rupp
09:30MIN Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Greg Zanon
17:42COL Gabriel Landeskog  Tripping against  Mikko Koivu
3rd Period
04:05COL Chuck Kobasew  Fighting (maj) against  Cal Clutterbuck
04:05COL Chuck Kobasew  Roughing against  Cal Clutterbuck
04:05MIN Cal Clutterbuck  Fighting (maj) against  Chuck Kobasew
shots by period
PeriodCOLMIN
1st913
2nd1219
3rd118
Total3240
Team Stats
CategoryCOLMIN
Power Plays1/20/4
Hits1517
Faceoff Wins3724
Giveaways06
Takeaways74
Blocked Shots2014
Penalty Minutes2016
  • COLORADO
  • MINNESOTA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4G. ZanonD0000418:07
5S. O'BrienD0000016:29
6E. JohnsonD02-12221:42
7J. MitchellC00-11015:58
8J. HejdaD0003022:35
9M. DucheneC11-22019:37
11J. McGinnL0005013:43
12C. KobasewR000078:21
15P. ParenteauR11-23016:02
22M. HunwickD00-20022:29
23M. HejdukR00-11015:15
26P. StastnyC01-23019:40
44R. WilsonD00-22013:41
54D. JonesR00-11013:21
55C. McLeodL000058:39
58P. BordeleauL000207:48
90R. O'ReillyC0103018:43
92G. LandeskogL10-14218:52
#GoaliesSVSASv%TOI
1S. Varlamov3539.89758:58
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4C. StonerD0003021:05
7M. CullenC0217018:13
9M. KoivuC2035219:04
10D. SetoguchiR1004016:51
11Z. PariseL0235018:50
15D. HeatleyL00-11017:38
17T. MitchellC1003010:06
20R. SuterD0331024:26
21K. BrodziakC0013019:18
22C. ClutterbuckR0001512:08
25J. BrodinD1021023:30
27M. RuppL0010211:36
28Z. KonopkaC00-1056:59
44J. FalkD0011211:32
46J. SpurgeonD0001023:57
63C. CoyleC0001013:37
77T. GilbertD0000015:30
96P. BouchardC0113011:13
#GoaliesSVSASv%TOI
32N. Backstrom2932.90659:54