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Game 1 recap: Colorado 5, Wild 4 (OT)

  • April 18, 2014 - 12:42 AM

Game 1 recap

Star Tribune’s three stars

1. Paul Stastny, Avalanche: Scored the tying goal with 13.4 seconds left in the third and the winner 7:27 into overtime.

2. Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche: The 18-year-old had three assists, including the setup on the overtime winner.

3. Matt Cooke, Wild: Assisted on Kyle Brodziak’s goal, six hits, played a mean brand of hockey and terrific on the Wild’s 4-for-4 penalty kill.

Turning point

With 13.4 seconds remaining and an extra Avalanche attacker on, Stastny tied the score to force overtime after Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon’s turnover moments before kept the puck in the zone.

By the numbers

1 Career playoff goals for Wild forwards Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula and Brodziak.

72 Percent of faceoffs won by Wild captain Mikko Koivu (18 of 25).

31:11 Game-high ice time for Wild defenseman Ryan Suter.

30-17 The home team’s record in last year’s first round.

59 Home victories in 86 games during last year’s playoffs, an NHL record.

MICHAEL RUSSO

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