G Craig Anderson made 28 saves, and C Matt Duchene, RW Chris Stewart, RW Milan Hejduk and C Matt Hendricks scored a goal apiece, as the Colorado Avalanche held off the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in front of 18,244 at Xcel Energy Center. The Avalanche defeated the Wild in regulation for just the second time in the last 16 regular season meetings.
G Niklas Backstrom
made 17 saves in his 200th NHL game and RW Cal Clutterbuck
, RW Owen Nolan and RW Martin Havlat each scored goal for the Wild, which has lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since Oct. 24-Oct. 26. Minnesota, which had its four-game home winning streak snapped, plays host to Edmonton at a special 6 p.m. start time on Wednesday. The Wild has defeated the Oilers in 10 straight home meetings.
Minnesota had won the season’s first four meetings and fell to 12-2-2 in its last 16 regular-season games against Colorado. The Wild is 11-2-2 in its last 15 home games against the Avs. Colorado defeated the Wild in regulation for the first time in the regular season since Nov. 18, 2007, a 6-5 decision at Xcel Energy Center.
RW Cal Clutterbuck
scored his second short-handed of the season. It marked the Wild’s third short-handed marker this season.
D Nick Schultz posted an assist for the third straight game – tying his career-high assist streak, which was set Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2003. Schultz’ three-game point streak also ties a career-high, last done Dec. 19-23, 2008.
RW Owen Nolan returned from a four-game injury absence to score his eighth goal of the season – tied for third on the Wild roster.
RW Martin Havlat skated in his 500th NHL game and scored a third-period goal to extend his point streak to six games (4-5=9). It marked his sixth goal this season.
D Clayton Stoner
, playing his third career NHL game, posted his second assist in two games.
G Niklas Backstrom
made 17 saves and appeared in his 200th NHL game.
Nine of the last 10 contests between the Wild and Avs have been decided by one goal. The Wild has played in 23 one-goal games this season to lead the NHL (13-7-3).
Eight of the Wild’s last nine home games have been decided by one goal. Minnesota is 5-2-1 in those games. Thirteen of the Wild’s 15 home games this season have been decided by one goal (9-3-1).
Minnesota has given up the game’s first goal in 14 of its last 17 contests, but is 10-5-2 during that stretch.
The Wild fell to 4-1-1 at home while wearing its green sweaters this year.