Colorado ends Wild's winning streak at four games

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 12, 2014 - 6:53 AM

Ryan O’Reilly’s sharp-angle goal was the decisive score as the Avs halted the Wild’s winning roll at four games.

During a four-game winning streak the Wild had usually been outshot but had turned just about every chance into a goal while crawling out of the hole of having lost six straight.

Saturday at Xcel Energy Center, in front of an announced 19,117 fans, the tables were turned.

In control much of the night, the Wild lost 4-2 to Colorado because the Avalanche made Minnesota pay for nearly every mistake.

The last? Colorado center Ryan O’Reilly took the puck away from Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, worked a give-and-go with Matt Duchene, then scored over Niklas Backstrom with a wicked backhand at 12:44 of the third period — his second goal of the game — breaking a 2-2 tie.

“We weren’t giving up much,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said. “Maybe we could have done more to create here or there. We had the puck the majority of the time. It’s frustrating not to get a least a point there.”

Especially since the loss wasted the first two-goal game of Charlie Coyle’s career. The goals came just 40 seconds apart in the second period, shortly after the Wild had spotted the Avalanche a 2-0 lead. The goals — both assisted by Dany Heatley — wrested the momentum back, and the Wild took that into a third period in which it outshot Colorado 14-6.

But the Wild couldn’t cash in, and the Avalanche did. Maxime Talbot’s empty-net goal finished the scoring.

“I think, for the most part, we played a decent game,” Coyle said. “Sometimes that happens. But we did some good things.”

But the Wild (24-18-5) couldn’t finish enough scoring chances.

Colorado (28-12-5) made sure every Wild mistake was costly. The Avalanche opened the scoring on Gabriel Landeskog’s goal at 9:08 of the second period, which came at the end of a 3-on-2 rush created when the Wild defensemen pinched.

Colorado made it 2-0 four-plus minutes later. The Wild appeared to have succeeded in killing off two penalties, including 48 seconds of a 5-on-3, but seconds after the last penalty expired, John Mitchell found O’Reilly to Backstrom’s left. His bad-angle shot from beneath the circle got through Backstrom’s pads.

“I’d like to have that one back,” said Backstrom, who stopped 14 shots while seeing his three-game winning streak end.

But the Wild blitzed back. Less than 2 minutes after O’Reilly’s first goal, Coyle worked a give-and-go with Heatley, getting the puck in the slot and beating Semyon Varlamov between the pads. Then, 40 seconds later, he one-timed Heatley’s setup over Varlamov to the stick side.

The score remained tied until Colorado cashed in again.

And now the Wild has to make sure that this loss doesn’t bleed into Sunday’s game in Nashville.

“When we started to win some games, we were starting to get some confidence back,” Yeo said. “Especially in our game. We had the trust that if we go out and do the right things, that the result will be there for us at the end of the game. That’s what we have to guard against, to make sure now that we don’t deviate from that. We have to continue to do the right things. … There will be times when you play well and you don’t win. You have to make sure you come back the next day and get back to it. That’s what we talked about.’’

We’ll see Sunday if everybody listened.

“That’s the beauty of it,” Coyle said. “We get to play [Sunday] night, get right back at it.”

  • related content

  • BOXSCORE: Colorado 4, Wild 2

    Sunday January 12, 2014

  • Postgame: Wild winning streak comes to an end

    Saturday January 11, 2014

    Colorado made Minnesota pay for every mistake.

  • Koivu plans on returning for Olympics

    Saturday January 11, 2014

    The pain in Mikko Koivu’s surgically repaired right ankle already is fading. The same can’t be said for his frustration.Koivu,...

  • Wild-Colorado game recap

    Saturday January 11, 2014

    Star Tribune’s Three Stars1. Ryan O’Reilly, Colorado: He scored twice, including a backhand past Niklas Backstrom at 12:44 of the...

  • Wild-Nashville game preview

    Saturday January 11, 2014

    6 p.m. at Nashville • Bridgestone Arena • FSN Plus, 100.3-FMPreview: The Wild will try to run its road winning...

  • Michael Russo's Sunday Insider: Penguins' Crosby looking like Hart Trophy favorite

    Saturday January 11, 2014

    Halfway through this season, Sidney Crosby is the Hart Trophy favorite.

  • Michael Russo's short takes

    Saturday January 11, 2014

    Explanation doesn’t workScott Burnside’s ESPN.com piece on the U.S. Olympic team’s selection process put Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards, the...

  • The Wild's week ahead

    Saturday January 11, 2014

    The Wild’s week aheadSunday: at Nashville, 6 p.m. (FSN Plus)Tuesday: vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m. (FSN)Thursday: vs. Edmonton, 7 p.m. (FSN)Saturday:...

  • Colorado vs. Minnesota Wild. Score tied 2-2 with both Wild goals score...

  • Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov shut down the Wild’s Dany Heatley in the first period, but Heatley later turned playmaker in a big way.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon 4 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija 1
St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha 1 FINAL
Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez 3
Milwaukee 5 Top 9th Inning
Pittsburgh 3
Toronto 3 Top 9th Inning
Cleveland 2
LA Angels 11 Bottom 7th Inning
Detroit 3
Atlanta 5 Top 9th Inning
NY Mets 0
Baltimore 7 Bottom 7th Inning
Boston 4
NY Yankees 5 Bottom 7th Inning
Tampa Bay 3
Seattle 4 Bottom 8th Inning
Miami 4
Chicago WSox 0 Top 6th Inning
Texas 10
Minnesota 0 Bottom 6th Inning
Kansas City 3
Philadelphia 0 Bottom 4th Inning
Colorado 7
Houston - J. Cosart 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
San Francisco - M. Cain 9:10 PM
San Diego - T. Ross
Arizona - W. Miley 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke
Montreal 4 FINAL
Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 1 3rd Prd 1:46
Boston 0
Dallas 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Can the Wild rally to win its playoff series against Colorado?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close