Colorado 4, Minnesota 3

Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 43-27-4-8 26-10-1-4 17-17-3-4 L1
Colorado 52-22-4-4 26-11-2-2 26-11-2-2 W1


Avalanche 4, Wild 3 (OT): Calder Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon scored 3:27 into overtime as host Colorado claimed a 3-2 advantage in its Western Conference first-round series.

MacKinnon collected a loose puck deep in the left faceoff circle and chipped a shot over the glove of fellow rookie Darcy Kuemper (31 saves) and under the crossbar to end the contest. The top overall pick of the 2013 draft also had two assists.

PA Parenteau forged a 3-3 tie with 1:14 remaining in the third period while defenseman Nick Holden and Cody McLeod also tallied for the Central Division-champion Avalanche. Colorado looks to wrap up the series on the road in Game 6 on Monday.

Zach Parise, Kyle Brodziak and Matt Moulson scored while Dany Heatley notched two assists for the Wild. Minnesota, which skated to a 1-0 overtime victory in Game 3 and a 2-1 triumph in Game 4, will need to win its third straight contest at home to extend the series.

Jason Pominville set up Parise for a blast from the left circle 4:34 into the third period as Minnesota tied the contest at 2-2. Brodziak gave the Wild their first lead at 6:25, unleashing a shot from the blue line that sailed past a screened Semyon Varlamov (29 saves). The Vezina Trophy finalist was pulled for an extra attacker with 2:22 remaining, and Parenteau chipped home Paul Stastny's centering feed for his first career playoff goal.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The home team has won each of the contests in the series. ... Colorado C Ryan O'Reilly stripped Minnesota D Ryan Suter of the puck in the neutral zone before feeding McLeod, who shoveled the puck past Kuemper at 8:04 of the second period to open the scoring. Moulson tipped D Jared Spurgeon's one-timer past Varlamov 73 seconds later, but Holden deftly deflected fellow D Andre Benoit's blast from the point three minutes afterward to give Colorado a 2-1 lead. ... Avalanche C Matt Duchene (knee) participated in line drills during the morning skate before sitting out Game 5. Coach Patrick Roy told the Denver Post that he wanted to see how Duchene responds to physical contact before his possible participation in Game 6. 

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Colorado
Dany Heatley 2 Points Nathan MacKinnon 3
Kyle Brodziak 1 Goals Nathan MacKinnon 1
Dany Heatley 2 Assists Nathan MacKinnon 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Cody McLeod 1
Darcy Kuemper .886 Save Percentage Semyon Varlamov .906
Darcy Kuemper 31 Saves Semyon Varlamov 29

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 32 3 0-3 3-3 8 31
Colorado 35 4 0-3 3-3 8 28

Upcoming Games

  • Colorado will play its next game on the road against Minnesota. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .623 after a win and .655 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play its next game at home against Colorado. The Wild have a W/L % of .558 after a win and .487 after a loss.
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