Ryan O’Reilly scored the only goal in the shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 35 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday night. Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon had a goal apiece to help the Avalanche sweep the home-and-home series with the Wild. John Mitchell added two assists for Colorado, which won a rare penalty-free game. Mikko Koivu and Matt Cooke scored goals and Josh Harding stopped 23 shots for the Wild.
Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and two assists, Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves to set a franchise record with his sixth straight win to start a season, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Friday. Jan Hejda and Nathan MacKinnon also scored for the Avs, who won for the fourth time in their past five games. Dany Heatley scored his fourth goal in six games for Minnesota and Zach Parise returned ahead of schedule from a foot injury. Parise — Minnesota’s leading scorer — was supposed to be out 2 to 3 weeks after blocking a shot with his left foot on Monday, but skated during warmups and felt good enough to play.
Devin Setoguchi broke a second-period tie and Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots, helping the Minnesota Wild secure their first playoff spot in five years with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
Dany Heatley found it all too fitting that he reached the 400-assist mark for his career with two “passes” off the post.
Rookie defenseman Jonas Brodin’s first NHL score highlighted a three-goal second period by the Minnesota Wild in a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
Milan Hejduk and Matt Duchene scored in the shootout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Thursday night.
Dany Heatley had two power-play goals on assists from new teammate Zach Parise, and the offense-enhanced Minnesota Wild surged into their much-anticipated season with a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
The Minnesota Wild dropped the puck for their opener at a sold out Xcel Energy Center Saturday night, with an attendance number of 19,298 – the 6th largest crowd in Wild history.
The Minnesota Wild will open the lockout-shortened season at home next weekend against Colorado.
Semyon Varlamov gave the Colorado Avalanche an early lift until the offense could pick up steam.
Niklas Backstrom had 37 saves for his third shutout of the season and 25th of his NHL career, and Greg Zanon scored in the Minnesota Wild’s 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
Carson McMillan broke a tie midway through the third period after stealing the puck at center ice and Niklas Backstrom stopped 24 shots as the Minnesota Wild broke out of their road funk with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.
Peter Mueller was in the spotlight and at long last the glare didn’t make his head hurt.
John Madden scored with 9:05 left to break a tie and lift the Minnesota Wild to a must-have 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.
A huge game Tuesday night for the Minnesota Wild. They’ll host the Colorado Avalanche at the Xcel Energy Center. Dan Terhaar previews a must-win for the Wild.