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Wild score three in third, rally past Avalanche

Zuccarello, Rask, Suter get goals for Minnesota; Colorado is 1-3-0 in past four games

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Rask wrists home go-ahead goal

MIN@COL: Rask puts Wild ahead in 3rd

Victor Rask beats Pavel Francouz on the blocker side with a wrist shot, giving the Wild a 5-4 lead in the 3rd period

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DENVER -- The Minnesota Wild scored three straight goals in the third period to rally for a 6-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Friday.

Mats Zuccarello tied it 4-4 at 10:41 on a rebound in front off a shot by Jonas Brodin, Victor Rask gave Minnesota a 5-4 lead at 11:58 with a shot that beat Pavel Francouz blocker side off the left post, and Ryan Suter scored into an empty net with 1:12 remaining for the 6-4 final.

"When you believe you can come back, you have to have that belief before you can do it," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I don't think we had it at the beginning of the year, but I do think the guys never think they're out of it at this stage."

 

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Zach Parise and Kevin Fiala each had two assists, and Devan Dubnyk made 40 saves for the Wild (19-15-5), who have won two straight and are 3-1-0 in their past four.

"The most important thing is we stayed with it," said Dubnyk, who is 3-0-0 in four games since returning after missing 15 games while dealing with off-ice issues relating to his wife's health. "The guys played awesome in the third and scored some big goals."

Video: MIN@COL: Staal sweeps in loose puck

Matt Calvert scored two goals and Francouz made 27 saves for the Avalanche (23-12-3), who are 1-3-0 in their past four games, blowing a third-period lead in each loss.

"They've all come in different ways," said Calvert, who has scored four goals in the past three games. "We've got to clean that up. If we do that, we're going to be a good hockey team. We made too many mistakes tonight."

Carson Soucy gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at 5:33 of the first period when his shot from the right circle made it through traffic.

Eric Staal made it 2-0 at 9:22, jamming in a loose puck in the crease after Fiala's one-timer trickled past Francouz.

"Sloppy start," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "We gave up a couple of goals and then I thought our game came around the second part of the first."

Calvert cut it to 2-1 at 18:24 on a redirection of Ian Cole's shot, and Gabriel Landeskog tied it 2-2 at 19:10 after he split Soucy and Brodin and scored with a backhand into an open net.

Joel Eriksson Ek appeared to score for the Wild at 8:37 of the second period, but Bednar challenged the play for offside, and the call was reversed after a video review.

Brad Hunt gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 11:18 of the second. Minnesota had gone 2-for-30 with the man-advantage in its past 12 games before Hunt's goal.

Nathan MacKinnon tied it 3-3 at 19:12 after Cale Makar's shot from the right point redirected in off his left skate.

"It's kind of the way we've been for this whole first half of the year," Staal said. "To give up goals there in the last minute of both periods and still come back and continue to play and just stay even-keeled, it's a credit to a lot of guys in our room. Big win against a division team and we have to try to keep going."

Calvert gave Colorado a 4-3 lead 1:33 into the third period on a redirection of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's shot.

"We had a one-goal lead with 10 minutes to go in the game," Landeskog said. "Again, it's a couple defensive breakdowns that give them the lead. It [stinks]."

Video: MIN@COL: Zuccarello buries rebound to tie it

 

They said it

"This game was probably the best I felt all year. When you're feeling those things, just start to take notes for what's allowing you to grow and feel that way, try to replicate it as much as you can." -- Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk

"It's habits, it's consistency. You take the season as a whole and we've been pretty good, but this shows we have work to do. Points are so valuable and we've let some slip away lately. We have to make sure we're digging in to get them back. We've got to get our game in order quick." -- Avalanche coach Jared Bednar

 

Need to know

Staal has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past eight games. … Makar had one assist and was minus-2 in 23:23 of ice time after missing eight games with an upper-body injury. … Francouz's loss was his first in regulation since a 3-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 2 (9-0-1 in previous 12 games). … MacKinnon's goal was his 458th NHL point (177 goals, 281 assists), tying him with Paul Stastny for ninth place in Colorado/Quebec Nordiques history.

 

What's next

Wild: Host the New York Islanders on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Avalanche: At the Dallas Stars on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-SW+, ALT2, NHL.TV)

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