NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Minnesota
(Saturday, January 6th)
Final Score: Colorado 2, Minnesota 1 (SO)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Milan Hejduk scored the winning goal in the shootout to lift Colorado to a 2-1 victory over Minnesota.
The Avalanche struck first in the shootout as Wojtek Wolski crossed up netminder Manny Fernandez for the score. Minnesota responded as Pavol Demitra went top shelf to beat Peter Budaj to even the shootout score at 1-1.
Then, after two scoreless rounds, Hejduk pulled off an impressive move of his own, beating Fernandez with a backhander to put Colorado in front. With a chance to extend the shootout, Pierre-Marc Bouchard fired wide of the net to end the game.
Kyle Cumiskey scored his first career goal and Budaj finished with 24 saves for Colorado, which has won three in a row.
Mikko Koivu scored and Fernandez made 26 saves for the Wild, who have dropped two in a row at home after winning a franchise-record eight straight in St. Paul.
With 1:38 left in the first period, Mark Parrish flicked pass to the left circle that Koivu swatted past Budaj to put Minnesota in front.
Colorado evened the score 4:16 into the second period as Cumiskey slipped the puck past Fernandez.
Koivu then appeared to give Minnesota the lead with 6:25 left in the second period, but Demitra was called for interference and the goal was nullified.
Minnesota forward Marian Gaborik returned to the lineup after missing 34 games with a groin injury...Despite the loss, the Wild are still a NHL-best 17-5-1 at the Xcel Energy Center.
01/06 23:25:53 ET