Paul Stastny scored the winner in overtime for Colorado.
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) -
Paul Stastny tied the game in the final seconds of regulation, then scored the winner in overtime as the Colorado Avalanche took a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of this Western Conference Quarterfinal series.
Stastny scored with 13.4 seconds showing on the clock in regulation, then gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with his marker at 7:27 in overtime.
On the winner, Tyson Barrie kept the puck in at the left point and was able to elude Jason Pominville before pushing the puck to the low left side. From there, Nathan MacKinnon picked up the puck and skated around the right side where his pass was one-timed in by Stastny for the win.
Habs take offense up a notch in Game 1
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Marc Bergevin knew the Montreal Canadiens needed help on offense and the general manager went out and did something about it.
Bergevin's biggest move to boost scoring, of course, came when he landed prolific sniper Thomas Vanek at the deadline from the New York Islanders.
Vanek certainly factored into Montreal's Game 1 win in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, but another forward acquired by Bergevin played the role of overtime hero against the Lightning.