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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Colorado

(Thursday, February 1st)

Final Score: Minnesota 5, Colorado 3

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik scored two goals, including the game-winner late in the third as Minnesota toppled Colorado, 5-3, at the Pepsi Center.

Gaborik, who also had an assist, took a feed from Johnsson just above the right circle, and used a wrister from 46 feet out to beat Peter Budaj with 4:34 to play.

Mikko Koivu tallied twice, including an empty netter in the final minute, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard rounded out the scoring for the Wild, who have won three of their last four contests. Pavol Demitra finished with two assists.

"I did not like the way we played at times," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "Our power play was okay, but we were poor on their rush."

Netminder Niklas Backstrom turned aside 27 shots in the win.

Andrew Brunette, Brett Clark and Marek Svatos all scored for the Avalanche, who have dropped three of four. Milan Hejduk had two assists while Budaj stopped 32 shots in defeat.

"I think we played well," Budaj said. "We got three good goals against them, but we got to regroup and come back tomorrow."

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first period during a power play when Koivu tipped-in the puck at the 6:19 mark. Bouchard and Petteri Nummelin assisted the goal. Then, with 2:34 remaining, Colorado evened things on Brunette's 32- foot slap shot.

The second period featured plenty of action as both teams scored twice to make it a 3-3 contest at the intermission.

Bouchard first tallied with a backhander 3:38 into the frame while Clark's power-play goal just under six minutes later made it a 2-2 affair. At the 14:28 mark, Gaborik used a wrister to beat Budaj and put the Wild up by one, but the Avalanche got the equalizer on a slap shot by Svatos with 1:45 left.

Game Notes

Minnesota finished 1-for-5 on the power play while Colorado went 1-for-3 on the man advantage...Attendance was 17,286.

02/02 00:03:58 ET

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