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Wild rally for OT win against Avalanche; MacKinnon leaves with injury

Brodin scores at :18 after Rask ties it in third; Colorado center didn't play after second period

by Jessi Pierce / Independent Correspondent

Brodin wins it in overtime

COL@MIN: Brodin cashes in for Wild in OT

Jonas Brodin establishes position in the slot and tees up a one-timer from Jordan Greenway, lifting the Wild to an overtime win

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonas Brodin scored 18 seconds into overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

It was the first overtime goal of Brodin's NHL career.

"It's awesome," Brodin said. "I mean, always when somebody gets to score in OT, it's fun because it's awesome. I don't know, I can't really describe the feeling. But I was definitely happy."

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon did not play after the second period because of a lower-body injury. He had two assists in 15:24 of ice time. Colorado coach Jared Bednar did not have an update on MacKinnon's condition.

Video: COL@MIN: Greenway cleans up own rebound down low

MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 10 games.

Joonas Donskoi and Cale Makar scored for Colorado (6-4-0), which lost for the first time in four games. Hunter Miska made 29 saves.

"It is what it is," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said of MacKinnon's injury. "Better to go through it now than in May and June in the playoffs. … We'll figure this out and keep working. There's no other way to answer this than we're going to keep working."

Victor Rask scored twice, and Jordan Greenway had a goal and an assist for Minnesota (6-4-0). Cam Talbot made 22 saves in his first start since Jan. 22 because of a lower-body injury.

"Coming back after nine days off, no practices, and just jumping in against an offense like that is never easy," Talbot said. "You can't give that team any more goals than they need because they can pretty much score at will out there.

"Any time you can come up with a big save, you keep the game within reach early, that's all I was trying to do, focus on that and make that next save to settle myself down and gain some confidence moving forward throughout the game."

Donskoi scored for the second straight game with a wrist shot at 4:33 of the first period to give Colorado a 1-0 lead.

Greenway tied it 1-1 when he scored on a rebound following an odd-man rush at 16:19 of the first.

Video: COL@MIN: Rask, Spurgeon link up for the lead

Rask gave the Wild a 2-1 lead at 1:38 of the second period with a wrist shot from the left face-off circle after a cross-ice pass from Jared Spurgeon. It was Spurgeon's 200th NHL assist.

Makar tied it 2-2 with his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from between the circles at 3:31 of the second.

"It's nice and a good relief to get that, but tough to not get the win today," Makar said.

Brandon Saad, who had a goal and assist in a 5-1 win against the Wild on Saturday, scored off the rush at 7:09 of the third to give the Avalanche a 3-2 lead.

Rask tied it 3-3 with a wrist shot from beyond the circles after a pass from Kirill Kaprizov at 12:34.

"It definitely felt good for the confidence," Rask said. "First goal was obviously a real good pass by [Spurgeon] … it was nice to get that one. The second one, I just tried to get it on net, and luckily it went in." 

NOTES: The Avalanche were already without defenseman Erik Johnson, who was injured at 9:24 of the first period on Saturday. Bednar said he doesn't expect Johnson to rush back. … The Wild are 3-0 in overtime games this season. … Greenway extended his point streak to four games (one goal, four assists). … Donskoi (three goals, one assist) and Makar (one goal, five assists) also have four-game point streaks.

Video: Wild rally to take down Avalanche in overtime, 4-3

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