Wild vs Avalanche: Game 5 Updates

Updated: 04/28/2014 1:22 PM
Created: 04/26/2014 8:20 PM
By: KSTP Sports

END PERIOD THREE: Minnesota 3, Colorado 3

Scoring: MIN- Parise (1); MIN- Brodziak (2); COL- Parenteau (1)

Shots: MIN - 10 (30 total), COL - 12 (32)

Power Play: MIN - 0/1 (0/3), COL - 0/0 (0/3)


The Wild tied the game 4:34 into the third period as Jason Pominville slid a zone-wide pass to Zach Parise who unleashed a pinpoint wrist-shot past Semyon Varlamov to tie the game at 2-2.

1:51 later, the Wild took the lead as Dany Heatley fed Kyle Brodziak for a slapshot that gave the Wild their first lead of the game.

The Wild had a chance to put the game away when Gabriel Landeskog was called for unsportsmanlike conduct with 4:33 to go after he stopped in front of Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, spraying him with ice.

Colorado killed the penalty, then pulled Varlamov with 2:30 left in the game.

With the net empty, Wild forward Charlie Coyle pursued a puck into the Avalanche zone where he appeared to be held by a defender - however play continued.

Colorado re-gained possession and raced back into the Wild end where Paul Statsny set up P.A. Parenteau for the tying goal with 1:14 left.

Replays show the rush should have been whistled offsides, but the linesman got caught up in a collision and was out of position to make the call.

It's the second time in the series the Avalanche scored the game-tying goal late in regulation with the goalie pulled.

END PERIOD TWO: Minnesota 1, Colorado 2

Scoring: COL- McLeod (1); MIN- Moulson (1); COL- Holden (1)

Shots: MIN - 9 (20 total), COL - 12 (20)

Power Play: MIN - 0/1 (0/2), COL - 0/2 (0/3)


Colorado was flying early in the second period, with Darcy Kuemper holding his ground amid several flurries in the first four minutes of the period.

The Avalanche onslaught continued into a Colorado power play, resulting from Clayton Stoner's cross-check at the 4:37 mark.

Moments after killing off that penalty, the Avalanche were whistled for too many men on the ice.

On the power play, Ryan Suter turned the puck over at the Wild's defensive blue line - Ryan O'Reilly grabbed the puck and quickly centered for Cody McLeod whose one-touch tip beat Kuemper for the first goal of the game 8:04 into the second.

But the Wild quickly recovered.  As the power play continued, Matt Moulson tipped Jared Spurgeon's shot from the point - redirecting it past Semyon Varlamov tying the game at 1-1 at the 9:17 mark.

An unlikely boil-over involving respective team captains Mikko Koivu and Gabe Landeskog left the teams four-on-four.  

Nathan MacKinnon used the extra space to beat a defender and speed into the zone.  The speedy Colorado rookie drew the Wild defense away from Andre Benoit at the point, and slid him the puck.  Benoit fired a bit of a change-up at the net, which was tipped in by Nick Holden for a 2-1 Avalanche lead at 12:16.

The Wild killed off another Avalanche power play late in the period, when Charlie Coyle was questionably whistled for roughing.

END PERIOD ONE: Minnesota 0, Colorado 0

Shots: MIN - 11, COL - 8

Scoring: None

Power Play: MIN - 0/1, COL - 0/1


Both teams had chances in a first period that saw back-and-forth action through the entire 20 minutes.

Darcy Kuemper made the two best saves in the period, flashing his right leg out for one save then scooting post-to-post to make another.

The most interesting moment in the period came as it appeared Colorado was about to be whistled for intereference, as Mikael Granlund was shoved into Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov.   However, it was Granlund called for goaltender interference.

Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon took a puck off his right foot mid-period and briefly left up the tunnel to the locker room, but returned to the ice after missing a few shifts.

The Wild generated a few lukewarm chances - Charlie Coyle tried to stuff one inside Varlamov's right post and Zach Parise had a little space to Varlamov's left - but neither mounted a serious threat.

The Minnesota Wild celebrate a goal by left wing Matt Moulson in the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Denver.
Photo: AP/Chris Schneider
Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper guards the goal in the first period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Denver.
Photo: AP/Chris Schneider

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