Prelude to disappointment

  • Updated: April 18, 2014 - 12:42 AM

Minnesota Wild goalie John Curry and teammates warmed up with a soccer ball before game 1 against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com - April 17, 2014, Denver, Colorado, Pepsi Center, NHL, Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche, Stanley Cup Playoffs round 1, Game 1

Above: From left, Wild players Clayton Stoner, Kyle Brodziak, Nate Prosser and Matt Cooke celebrated a goal by Brodziak in the second period as Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov looked away. Varlamov still did enough to earn his 11th career playoff victory.

LEFT: Wild goalie John Curry started his Thursday at Pepsi Center with a target a bit larger than a hockey puck, as he and teammates warmed up with a ball. The 30-year-old Curry backed up Wild starter Ilya Bryzgalov.

below: Fans cheered during the pregame festivities at the Pepsi Center. The two-time Stanley Cup champion Avalanche made its first postseason appearance since 2010, when it lost to San Jose in the first round.





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  • Fans cheered during the pregame festivities of game 1 between the Minnesota Wild Colorado Avalanche. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com - April 17, 2014, Denver, Colorado, Pepsi Center, NHL, Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche, Stanley Cup Playoffs round 1, Game 1

  • Kyle Brodziak (21) shot the puck past Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) for a goal in the second period. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com - April 17, 2014, Denver, Colorado, Pepsi Center, NHL, Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche, Stanley Cup Playoffs round 1, Game 1

  • Clayton Stoner (4), Kyle Brodziak (21), Nate Prosser (39) and Matt Cooke (24) celebrated a goal by Brodziak in the second period. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ cgonzalez@startribune.com - April 17, 2014, Denver, Colorado, Pepsi Center, NHL, Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche, Stanley Cup Playoffs round 1, Game 1

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