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Avalanche edge Wild for rare victory

Mar 13, 2009 - 4:55 AM
DENVER (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche have mastered overtime and shootouts this season, and that dominance cost the Minnesota Wild a chance to gain a valuable point in the Western Conference playoff race.

Milan Hejduk and Wojtek Wolski scored shootout goals and Peter Budaj stopped both Wild attempts in the tiebreaker in the Avalanche's 2-1 victory on Thursday night.

The Avalanche are 9-1 in shootouts and 2-0 in overtime, but their 18-37 record in regulation has them in last place in the Western Conference.

"There's a lot of things you can go back on in a year," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "I'm sure every team is thinking the same thing right now."

Marc-Andre Bergeron scored and Niklas Backstrom made 40 saves for the Wild, who are tied with Nashville with 71 points for ninth place in the West.

"The standings will change every day, every night," Backstrom said. "One point is better than nothing, but we have to go out and get two points every night."

Colorado's solid effort Thursday made sure the Wild didn't get two points. Minnesota was outshot, 41-17, and Budaj only had to make four of his 16 saves in the third period and overtime.

"We totally deserved to win because we outplayed them," Budaj said. "In the third and overtime, I think we dominated them. Backstrom made some big saves."

The Wild opened the scoring on their second power play. Bergeron scored on a one-timer from the point with 9:45 left in the first period, his 10th goal of the season.

A little more than a minute later, Cal Clutterbuck nearly gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead, but Budaj made the save.

John-Michael Liles tied it 37 seconds into the second period. With Martin Skoula off for holding the stick, Liles blasted a slap shot from the point past Backstrom for his ninth goal and fifth on the power play.

"In the beginning of the second, we knew we had to take advantage of that power play," Liles said. "I tried to put as much as possible behind it as I've got, which isn't a ton, but I was able to sneak one past him."

Minnesota had a chance to take control in the second period. Cody McCormick took a double-minor for high-sticking with 9:13 left, then Ryan Smyth was called for hooking with seven seconds left in McCormick's second penalty. In the 5:17 of power-play time, which ended with a Minnesota penalty for too many men on the ice, the Wild managed just one shot.

"What we need to change is our power play," said Wild coach Jacques Lemaire, whose team was 1-for-5 with the advantage. "We didn't play with any emotion when we were on the power play. We wanted to get better, and we were worse."

Minnesota generated few chances after the halfway point of the second period and were outshot, 17-4, in the third period and overtime.

"There is no excuse for this," Wild center Mikko Koivu said. "There is no reason to play like we did. We are in a playoff race, and every point is important right now. We can't be satisfied with this game. We have to be honest about it. We weren't very good and not very excited."








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    FINAL IN SHOOTOUT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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    MINNESOTA 1 0 0 0 (0) 1
    COLORADO 0 1 0 0 (2) 2 FINAL IN SHOOTOUT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - (PP) MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 10 (MAREK ZIDLICKY, MIKKO
    KOIVU) 10:15
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) JOHN-MICHAEL LILES 9 (PAUL STASTNY, MAREK SVATOS)
    0:37
    3RD PRD: NONE
    OT: NONE
    SO

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    END OF OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 1 0 0 0 1
    COLORADO 0 1 0 0 1 END OF OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - (PP) MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 10 (MAREK ZIDLICKY, MIKKO
    KOIVU) 10:15
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) JOHN-MICHAEL LILES 9 (PAUL STASTNY, MAREK SVATOS)
    0:37
    3RD PRD: NONE
    OT: NONE
    SHOTS ON

    Mar 12 11:38 PM
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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    MINNESOTA 1 0 0 1
    COLORADO 0 1 0 1 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - (PP) MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 10 (MAREK ZIDLICKY, MIKKO
    KOIVU) 10:15
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) JOHN-MICHAEL LILES 9 (PAUL STASTNY, MAREK SVATOS)
    0:37
    3RD PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL

    Mar 12 11:29 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 1 0 1
    COLORADO 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - (PP) MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 10 (MAREK ZIDLICKY, MIKKO
    KOIVU) 10:15
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) JOHN-MICHAEL LILES 9 (PAUL STASTNY, MAREK SVATOS)
    0:37
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    MINNESOTA 1
    COLORADO 1
    2ND PRD: COL - (PP) JOHN-MICHAEL LILES 9 (PAUL STASTNY, MAREK SVATOS)
    0:37

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 1 1
    COLORADO 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - (PP) MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 10 (MAREK ZIDLICKY, MIKKO
    KOIVU) 10:15
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    MIN 8 8
    COL 13 13
    GOALIES: MIN - NI

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    MINNESOTA 1
    COLORADO 0
    1ST PRD: MIN - (PP) MARC-ANDRE BERGERON 10 (MAREK ZIDLICKY, MIKKO
    KOIVU) 10:15

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