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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Colorado

(Wednesday, December 17th)

Final Score: Minnesota 3, Colorado 2

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Pascal Dupuis and Filip Kuba both scored in the first period to lead Minnesota to a 3-2 win over Colorado at the Pepsi Center.

Sergei Zholtok also scored for the Wild, who earned their third straight victory and their first in the arena in 10 regular-season games (1-7-2). Dwayne Roloson stopped 27 shots.

Joe Sakic scored twice for the Avalanche, who had an eight-game unbeaten streak snapped (4-0-4). Milan Hejduk and Steve Konowalchuk each added two assists.

Dupuis posted his sixth goal of the season at 4:39 of the first period for Minnesota. He beat David Aebischer with a wrist shot from between the circles.

Aebischer, the Colorado goaltender, turned away 25 shots.

Kuba's power-play goal 8:55 later put the team ahead 2-0. He gathered a loose puck that floated through the crease and scored on a high shot.

Sakic pulled the Avalanche within 2-1 with 12:36 remaining in the second period. His backhand shot from the center point fluttered through traffic and past Roloson.

The Wild opened a 3-1 lead on Zholtok's third goal of the season with 6:27 left in the second. Antti Laaksonen's backhand pass set up Zholtok in the slot.

Sakic got Colorado within 3-2 with 3:07 to go in the period on a high wrist shot from the right faceoff circle for his 11th of the year.

Game Notes

Before the game, the Wild acquired left wing Eric Chouinard in a trade with Philadelphia. Minnesota gave up a fifth-round pick in the 2004 NHL draft...Sakic has 29 points (10 goals) in his last 22 games for Colorado... Minnesota defenseman Andrei Zyuzin left in the first period with an ankle injury...The Avalanche fell to 9-6-2 at home this season.

12/18 00:25:00 ET

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