Late surge by Wild isn't enough against Colorado – Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Wild’s five-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
It was the first time the Avalanche had defeated the Wild this season, and much of the damage was caused by two players whom the Wild fans love to hate.
Cody McLeod’s re-direct of Jarome Iginla’s shot from the left point gave Colorado a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Then Gabriel Landeskog buried a rebound past Devan Dubnyk for a power play goal 1:19 into the third period that put Colorado up 3-0.
The Wild rallied. Chris Stewart’s goal at 14:04 of the final period made it 3-1. Then, with the goalie pulled, Thomas vanek scored with 19.4 seconds left.
McLeod and Landeskok were the two Colorado players fined for their actions late in Colorado’s loss to the Wild in Denver Feb. 28.
Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped all 29 of 30 shots he faced. Shaken up on Stewart’s goal, Reto Berra finished the game, allowing Vanek’s goal. The Wild – which had held Colorado to just one goal while winning the first four games between the two teams — outshot the Avalanche 34-21.
McLeod and Wild winger Stewart dropped the gloves and fought just 43 seconds into the game. But it was McLeod’s goal later in the period – his sixth of the season – that did the most damage. It came after a stretch in which the Wild had dominated the play.
The second quarter followed much the same script. The Wild dominated play, keeping possession in the Colorado end for minutes at a time, but could not score. And then, again with less than two minutes left in the period, Zach Redmond’s slap shot from the right point found the far corner of the net to make it 2-0.