After tying the game with 13.4 second left in regulation, Colorado C Paul Stastny scored the winner 7:27 into overtime, leading the Avalanche to a 5-4 OT victory in Game 1 of its series with Minnesota, Thursday night in Denver. C Charlie Coyle, D Ryan Suter, LW Erik Haula and C Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild in regulation, while G Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves on the night. The two teams will meet again Saturday night in Denver for Game 2 at 8:30 p.m. CT. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM in Minnesota, NBCSN nationally in the U.S., and TSN and RDS in Canada.
Minnesota began its second consecutive postseason and fifth overall. It is the third time Minnesota has faced Colorado in the first round, last facing each other in 2008.
For the first time in 13 playoff games, the Wild tallied three goals in a single period – dating back to a 4-1 win in Game 4 vs. Anaheim in 2007. Minnesota’s second period was the sixth period it has scored at least three goals in franchise postseason history (34 previous games – 102 regulation periods).
Minnesota killed off all four Avalanche power-play attempts. The Wild hasn’t allowed a Colorado power-play goal since March 14, 2013 – killing 15 straight Avs penalties in the last eight regular-season games. Colorado ranked T-5th in the NHL this season with a 19.8% conversion rate on the power play.
Minnesota and Colorado have now played in one-goal games in 10 of their 14 all-time playoff games, including nine of the last 10. Six of those games have gone to overtime, as Colorado earned its second overtime win.
LW Zach Parise netted a two assists – his 12th career playoff multi-point game. He now has 46 points (22-24=46) in 67 career playoff games. He posted 10 points (5-5=10) in the final nine games of the regular season. Despite missing 15 games with a foot contusion this season, he ranked second on the Wild with 56 points (29-27=56), as the Wild went 28-6-7 when he tallied at least one point.
C Kyle Brodziak scored the Wild’s fourth goal, third marker of the second period, for his first career playoff goal and third playoff point. He scored two goals in his final game of the regular season.
C Charlie Coyle got Minnesota on the board with his first career playoff goal and now has three points (1-2=3) in six career playoff games. He finished the regular season with a point in nine of his last 12 games (5-5=10), earning a career-high 30 points (12-18=30) despite missing 12 games with a knee strain.
LW Erik Haula made his NHL playoff debut and scored the Wild’s third goal. He finished the regular season with seven points (3-4=7) in the last seven games.
D Ryan Suter scored a power-play goal and skated a game-high 31:11. He has 14 points (5-9=14) in 45 career playoff games.
C Mikko Koivu earned the primary assist on Suter’s power-play goal to record his seventh career playoff point (5-2=7) and won a game-high 18 faceoffs. (18-of-25, 72%). He finished the regular season leading all NHL players in assists since March 18 (14).
LW Matt Cooke skated in his 98th career playoff game – most on the Wild – and tallied the primary assist on Brodziak’s goal to earn his 34th career postseason point (13-21=34).
RW Nino Niederreiter made his NHL postseason debut and earned his first playoff point with an assist on Brodziak’s goal. In his first season with the Wild, he totaled a career-high 36 points (14-22=36).
D Jonas Brodin recorded his first career playoff point with the lone assist on Haula’s goal. He had a career-high 19 points this season.
D Marco Scandella earned an assist on Coyle’s goal and now has three-points (1-2=3) in six career playoff games. He registered a career-high 17 points (3-14=17) in 76 games during the regular season.
LW Gabriel Landeskog , C Ryan O’Reilly and LW Jamie McGinn scored for Colorado before C Paul Stastny tied the game with 13.6 second left in regulation and scored the OT winner. G Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves.