Avalanche build lead on Wild, hang on for win
Apr 5, 2021
Nathan MacKinnon and Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist each, Brandon Saad, J.T. Compher and Gabriel Landeskog also scored, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 in Saint Paul, Minn., on Monday night.
Philipp Grubauer stopped 21 shots and Samuel Girard had two assists for the Avalanche, who extended their points streak to 15 games (13-0-2).
Ryan Hartman had a goal and two assists, Nick Bjugstad and Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist each, Kevin Fiala also scored and Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the Wild. Minnesota had its 11-game home winning streak snapped.
The Wild took a 1-0 lead when Hartman beat Grubauer for his fifth goal of the season at 8:40 of the first period.
MacKinnon tied it with his 14th goal when he skated up the middle, got a pass from Girard as he broke past the defense and beat Talbot 18 seconds into the second period.
Just 1:11 later Talbot tried to glove Girard's shot but couldn't control it, and Burakovsky backhanded the rebound in for his 10th of the season.
Saad made it 3-1 when he knocked down Jared Spurgeon in front of the net and tapped in Burakovsky's rebound at 15:48, his 12th of the season.
Compher completed the second-period rally when he deflected Cale Makar's shot past Talbot at 17:52 to make it 4-1. It was Compher's fifth of the season.
Minnesota got one back early in the third when Hartman sent the puck across to Bjugstad, who one-timed it into a wide-open net at 3:35. It was his sixth goal of the season.
Landeskog answered with a power-play goal at 7:22, his 15th of the season. The Wild got it right back when Johansson's shot to the crease hit off the skate of Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews and into the net to make it 5-3 at 9:44. It was his fifth of the season.
Fiala cut it to one when he scored on a 6-on-4 power play with 34.7 seconds left, his 11th of the season. Talbot stayed out of the net, but Minnesota couldn't get the equalizer.
--Field Level Media