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Stastny scores OT winner after tying game late in regulation as Avs beat Wild 5-4 in opener

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 1:05 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Stastny scores OT winner after tying game late in regulation as Avs beat Wild 5-4 in opener

DENVER - Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.

Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn also added goals for Colorado in Patrick Roy's post-season debut behind the bench.

The Hall of Fame goaltender led the Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles as a player.

Erik Haula, Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild.

Game 2 is Saturday.

Stastny beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a close-in wrist shot in overtime, the same type of play Stastny used to tie the game in regulation.

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It's not always going to be pretty, especially against a great goalie [Lundqvist] like that. My goals are never how you draw them up. It's just a matter of grinding it out and trying to create havoc in front and good things happen.

— Capitals forward Jay Beagle on scoring in their Game 3 victory against the Rangers on Monday