Minnesota outshot Colorado 46-22, and C Mikael Granlund scored the overtime winner as Minnesota topped Colorado, 1-0, in front of a sellout crowd of 19,221 in Game 3 of the series Monday night at Xcel Energy Center. G Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves to earn the first shutout in Wild playoff history, in his first career playoff start. Minnesota hosts Game 4 at Xcel Energy Center Thursday at 8:30 p.m. CT. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM in Minnesota, CNBC nationally in the U.S., and TSN and RDS in Canada.
Minnesota set a franchise playoff record for most shots in a game with 46, previously 40 (two times, last 4/17/08 vs. COL). The Wild also set a franchise playoff record for most shots in a period, registering 22 in the opening stanza tonight - surpassing the previous high of 17, set 4/17/08 vs. COL (1st).
Minnesota played a 0-0 game through regulation for the second time in franchise history, last ending regulation goalless 5/10/03 vs. Anaheim, with the Ducks winning in double overtime.
Minnesota played in its 12th-ever playoff overtime game, second this series. The Wild moved to 6-6 in postseason OT, and 4-3 on home ice. Seven playoff games between the Wild and Avalanche have gone to OT, with the Wild holding a 5-2 advantage. C Mikael Granlund became the first Wild OT goal scorer since Jason Zucker in Game 3 of last year’s first round against Chicago, 5/5/13 in St. Paul.
Minnesota and Colorado have played in one-goal games in 11 of their 16 all-time playoff games, including 10 of the last 12 meetings.
Minnesota killed all four Colorado power-play attempts. The Wild is 10-for-11 on the PK through three games this series, only allowing an empty-net, power-play goal in Game 2. Minnesota entered the series having killed 15 straight Avalanche power-play attempts dating back eight regular-season games. Colorado ranked T-5th in the NHL this season with a 19.8% conversion rate on the power play.
G Darcy Kuemper made his first career playoff start making 22 saves, becoming the first Wild goalie to ever record a playoff shutout. He stopped all 14 shots faced in relief in Game 2.
LW Matt Cooke played in his 100th playoff game, skating 14:52 and tallying a game high of six hits. He has 34 career postseason points (13-21=34) in 11 postseasons with Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Washington and Minnesota.
RW Jason Pominville assisted on Granlund’s game-winning goal, marking his first point of the series. He has collected 29 points (12-17=29) in 50 playoff games between Buffalo and Minnesota.
LW Zach Parise tallied the secondary assist on Granlund’s goal. He leads the Wild this postseason with four assists this series. He has 48 points in 69 playoff contests (22-26=48). He posted 10 points (5-5=10) in the final nine games of the regular season.
Colorado G Semyon Varlamov made 45 saves through overtime.