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                       === Avs edge Wild in shootout ===
 St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Matt Duchene tied the game in the third period
 and  scored  in the  shootout, as  the Colorado  Avalanche edged the Minnesota
 Wild, 4-3, at Xcel Energy Center.
 Colorado  goalie Jean-Sebastien  Giguere turned  away a  backhander from  Zach
 Parise  to  begin the penalty-shot  tiebreaker. Birthday boy Milan Hejduk, who
 netted a power-play goal in the second period for his 800th career point, used
 the same move to beat Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom.
 Wild  captain Mikko Koivu, like Parise, opted for a backhander and he was also
 denied  by the veteran Giguere. Duchene then ripped a wrister past Backstrom's
 blocker to halt Colorado's three-game slide.
 Giguere, making his second start of the season, made 26 saves.
 Hejduk,  who  turned 37 on  Thursday, put Colorado up  2-1, but the Wild moved
 ahead in the third period.
 Mike  Rupp banged  away at the side of  the net for the equalizer at 2:30, and
 Koivu, unlike in the shootout, was able to roof a backhander at 11:56.
 Duchene,  however, responded  46 seconds later as his pass from behind the net
 caromed in off a Wild player.
 "We  faced some adversity tonight. We were up 2-1 in the third, they came back
 and  made it 3-2 and we found a way to get two points. It's the type of effort
 you need on the road," Giguere said.
 Parise knows his club has to do a better job protecting a third-period lead.
 "We  worked hard in  the third and got ourselves back in the game and took the
 lead at one point, but you've got to close those out," he said.
 Aaron  Palushaj  staked the Avalanche  to a  1-0 lead at  the 2:38 mark of the
 second  period.  Claimed off  waivers from  the Montreal  Canadiens on Feb. 5,
 Palushaj scored from the slot off a pass from David Jones.
 The  Wild tied  it on  Parise's wraparound  tally at  8:52, but  the Avalanche
 retook the lead when Hejduk buried a rebound with 2:34 remaining.
                                   Game Notes
 Colorado  forward  P.A. Parenteau played  in his  200th NHL game ... Backstrom
 finished with 29 saves.
 02/14 23:50:11 ET