DENVER — The Minnesota Wild ended the season for the Colorado Avalanche with an overtime goal in Game 7 of the 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center late Wednesday night. Wild win 5-4 and will play the Chicago Blackhawks in round 2.
This was a high-intensity, high-drama game. Just what you would expect in a Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The home team had won every game of this series going into the deciding game.
It didn’t take long for Colorado to get on the scoreboard. Nick Holden got credit for a goal that looked like it might have been knocked in by a Minnesota Wild player. The Avs were ahead 1-0.
The Wild tied it at one but the Avs Joey Hishon made a great pass to Jamie McGinn. Colorado led 2-1 at the end of the first period.
The Wild scored once in the second period and it was tied at the end of 2 — 2 to 2.
PA Parenteau made a pass to Paul Stastny who opened the scoring in the 3rd and gave the Avs a 3-2 lead. The Wild came right back to tie it up again … Nino Niederreiter beat Semyon Varlamov.
Time for the Avs to score again. Eric Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with less than 10 minutes to play. But for the fourth time, Minnesota had an answer. Jared Spurgeon scored with less than three minutes to go and it went to overtime 4-4.
In overtime, Niederreiter scored his second goal of the night and the Wild won 5-4 after coming back four times on the road.
It brought a sudden and stunning end to a remarkable season for the Colorado Avalanche, and the team’s rookie head coach, Patrick Roy.