NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Colorado|
(Wednesday, December 9th)
Final Score: Minnesota 1, Colorado 0
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom needed to make just 22 saves to
post his first shutout of the season, as the Minnesota Wild continued their
recent mastery of the Colorado Avalanche with a 1-0 victory at Pepsi Center.
"We played a real solid road game tonight," Backstrom said.
Antti Miettinen's first-period tally held up for Minnesota, which has earned
at least a point in 14 of its last 18 games (11-4-3) and has won 12 of the
last 15 meetings against its Northwest Division rivals.
With Craig Anderson still nursing a sore neck, Peter Budaj made his fourth
consecutive start for the Avalanche, finishing with 21 saves.
"We did not get the job done, but I think we worked really hard," Budaj said.
Colorado opened a five-game homestand Wednesday after winning three times on
its five-game road trip.
Wild defenseman Kim Johnsson let a shot go from the point. Andrew Brunette
took a couple unsuccessful whacks in the crease, then Miettinen jumped into
the play and lifted the puck over a fallen Budaj at 5:57.
Colorado appeared to have tied the game in the second period, but the goal was
waved off because the net was dislodged. The Avalanche mustered just four
shots in the final 20 minutes.
Backstrom posted his 18th career shutout...Avalanche center Justin Mercier
made his NHL debut...Colorado fell to 4-7-2 against divisional
opponents...Since winning their first six home games of the season, the
Avalanche have lost five of six as the host...The Wild killed off all six
Colorado power play chances...Minnesota resumes its road swing Friday in
Calgary...The Avalanche battle Tampa Bay on Friday.
12/10 03:04:51 ET