NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Minnesota
(Sunday, March 11th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Colorado 2 (OT)
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Brent Burns scored with 18.9 seconds remaining in overtime to send Minnesota over Colorado, 3-2, at Xcel Energy Center.
Mikko Koivu scored twice and both Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik had a pair of assists for the Wild, who have won three in a row and four of six. Niklas Backstrom stopped 21 shots for the win.
Milan Hejduk and Ian Laperriere lit the lamp for the Avalanche, who had a five-game win streak halted. Peter Budaj made 26 saves in the loss.
Paul Stastny recorded a first-period assist, setting a new NHL record for consecutive games with a point by a rookie with 18. Teemu Selanne held the previous record with a 17-game streak for the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93, and Paul's father Peter held the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise record with a 16-gamer in 1980-81.
"I'm trying not to look at it as deep as you guys are looking," Stastny said. "Maybe in the summertime I'll look back on it. It's been a fun time out there, and if there's one more, I'll take that."
Late in the extra session, Gaborik broke down the right wing and cut across the crease, trying to stuff a shot through Budaj. The puck hit Budaj's skate and kicked out to Burns at the top of the left circle, who lifted a perfect shot into the top far corner of the net.
The win moves Minnesota within two points of first-place Vancouver in the Northwest Division. In addition, the shootout loss point gives Colorado 74 points on the year, bringing it within eight points of Calgary, which holds the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"It was an intense game and both teams played so hard," Burns said. "It's always disappointing when you don't get that second point. We played a pretty solid game and our forwards came back to forecheck a lot, and it was good."
Each team scored once in the opening 20 minutes.
Koivu picked up his 15th goal of the season at 11:20, when he put the rebound of Parrish's initial point shot through Budaj's pads from the right side.
Hejduk answered at 16:16, when he emerged with a loose puck in front and flipped it over Backstrom. Stastny began the play, as he dished from the right circle to Andrew Brunette for his shot along the goal line which Hedjuk alertly followed.
Laperriere broke the tie midway through the third, when he fought off a pair of Wild defenders in the slot to one-time Ben Guite's pass from along the goal line.
Only 22 seconds later, it was 2-2 as Mark Parrish gained control of a loose puck behind the net, turned and fed Koivu in front for another goal which slipped through Budaj's pads.
Minnesota has the edge in the season series, 4-1-2...Peter Stastny also had a 19-game point streak in 1983-84, and the franchise mark for consecutive games with a point by any player is held by Mats Sundin with a 30-game run from October-December, 1992...Colorado was 1-of-3 on the power play, and Minnesota finished 1-of-5...The Avs host Calgary on Wednesday, while the Wild play in Vancouver on Tuesday.
03/11 18:15:51 ET