G Craig Anderson made 32 saves and RW Milan Hejduk notched the game winning goal as the Colorado Avalanche claimed a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in front of a sellout crowd of 18,218 at Xcel Energy Center Friday night. Nine different Avalanche skaters registered points as LW Andrew Brunette tallied the lone marker for Minnesota.
RW Milan Hejduk registered his 12th career power play goal against the Wild, which ranks 1st all-time against Minnesota, and is now alone in third on the career scoring list vs. the Wild with 43 points (19-24=43).
LW Andrew Brunette scored his 10th goal of the year, marking his 13th consecutive season with double-digit goals. The Wild suffered its first regulation loss when Brunette scores this season and is now 6-1-1.
G Anton Khudobin made 14 saves in his second career start and first since 2/6/10 at Philadelphia.
The Wild allowed a season low 18 shots against. The previous season low, 22, had been posted three times, most recently Jan. 4 at New Jersey.
The Wild allowed a power play goal for the first time in seven games, snapping a 20-for-20 penalty kill stretch dating back to the third period of its match with San Jose 12/29.
The Wild has allowed the first goal in three straight games after scoring the first in its previous four contests.
The Wild outshot its opponent for the fifth time this season and now owns a record of 1-2-2 in those contests.
The Wild surpassed 8,000,000 fans in team history. Minnesota is averaging 17,682 fans to its regular season contests this season. The team’s sellout streak of 409 games, the third longest recorded sellout streak in NHL history (Colorado-487, Detroit-452), came to an end at the first preseason game of the 2010-11 campaign. The Wild has sold out nine games this season and 417 in franchise history (377 regular season, 27 preseason, 13 playoff).