NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Minnesota
(Tuesday, March 17th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Colorado 2 (SO)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Nick Schultz tied the game late in the third period and Marek Zidlicky netted the deciding goal in the shootout, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, at Xcel Energy Center.
Stephane Veilleux also scored in regulation for the Wild, who snapped a four- game skid and registered at least a point for the fifth time in six games (2-1-3). Niklas Backstrom stopped 24 shots for the win.
"We need every single point we can get right now," said Wild forward James Sheppard.
Cody McLeod and Ryan Smyth lit the lamp for the Avalanche, who have lost nine of their last 12 games. Peter Budaj took the loss with a 27-save effort.
Trailing 2-1, Minnesota evened things up with 1:46 to play in the third period. Dan Fritsche came off the right wall and dangled the puck before making a backhand pass to Schultz, trailing the play. Schultz corralled the feed and fired a slap shot from the left circle that beat Budaj.
With the shootout tied at one heading into the third round, Backstrom denied Marek Svatos on the backhand and Zidlicky fired a wrister over the left shoulder of Budaj to cement the win for Minnesota.
"It's a tough one to lose," said Avalanche defenseman Scott Hannan. "We just got to learn from the mistakes."
McLeod opened the scoring at the 9:21 mark of the second period, then Veilleux countered for the home team less than two minutes later. Smyth restored the lead for Colorado at 13:51 of the middle stanza.
Eric Belanger recorded two assists for Minnesota...The Wild has won eight of the last 11 matchups versus the Avalanche...Colorado is now 9-2 in shootouts this season.
03/18 01:05:58 ET