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Wild edge Avs in OT to tie series

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Markus Granlund scored at 5:08 of overtime as the Minnesota Wild grabbed a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Granlund skated the puck behind the net and to the right boards where he fought off a check. Powering his way to the front, Granlund was able to sweep the puck into the left side of the net as he was falling to the ice for the win.

Darcy Kuemper, making his first-ever playoff start, turned away all 22 shots for the shutout and help the Wild make it a 2-1 series in favor of Colorado, which won both home games to open the set.

Semyon Varlamov made 45 saves for the Avalanche, who rallied for an overtime win in Game 1, before taking a 4-2 victory in Game 2 on Saturday.

Minnesota will look to even this series on Thursday in Game 4.

Kuemper was called on just over eight minutes into the game when he had to stop Ryan Suter on a wrister from the slot, then turned away Suter's rebound chance on the same sequence.

Varlamov did the same at the other end when he made a stop on a Jason Pominville chance down low from the right side with 6 1/2 minutes to play in the first.

Late in the first, Charlie Coyle beat Varlamov to the glove side, but the shot caught the post and the game went into the first intermission without a goal.

Varlamov turned aside 22 shots in the period, while Kuemper made eight.

Two minutes into the second period, the Avs lost defenseman Tyson Barrie when he was hit knee-to-knee by Matt Cooke, and the team was down another blueliner several minutes later when Andre Benoit was slammed into the boards by Nino Niederreiter.

Benoit laid on the ice for several moments and then skated off, but he did return to play.

A bit later, it was Niederreiter again as he slashed Patrick Bordeleau on the wrist and he wound up leaving the game.

In addition to all the injuries, the teams combined for 16 shots, nine from Colorado, but the game went into the third period without a score.

Zach Parise was stopped by Varlamov with a right pad save off a 2-on-1 break about nine minutes in, and Varlamov held the line with six minutes to play as Dany Heatley and Niederreiter were trying to stuff it in from in front.

Varlamov made 13 saves in the third period, while Kuemper was called on for just five stops to force an extra session.

Game Notes

Kuemper had relieved Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 2 ... Colorado was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Minnesota went 0-for-3 ... Colorado rookie Nathan MacKinnon, who posted seven points in the first two games, was limited to three shots in just over 22 minutes of time ... This is the third meeting in the postseason between these two clubs, with each side winning once.

04/21 22:48:40 ET