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Continued: Niederreiter's OT goal lifts Wild over Avalanche

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 1, 2014 - 10:24 AM

For arguably the third time in four games in Denver, the Wild played well enough to win. For the first time, it actually achieved that feat.

“Intense, tough, nerve- racking,” Parise said of the game. “That doesn’t happen often, coming back four different times. We fought and we fought and we kept fighting.”

After the Avs’ strong start, which included an 8-2 shot lead and an early goal the Wild felt shouldn’t count because Jamie McGinn was on top of Kuemper, the Wild found its legs and tied it on Koivu’s first goal of the series.

The Wild gave up one shot in the final 13 minutes of the period. That, unfortunately for Minnesota, would be a softie through Kuemper’s wickets by McGinn after some soft backchecking by the Wild. The goal was the first at even-strength by Colorado’s third or fourth line in the series.

The Wild then didn’t surrender a shot in the first nine minutes of the second and tied the score at 2-2 on Heatley’s 16th career playoff goal and 60th career playoff point. Heatley had a goal and two assists, springing the 2-on-1 that led to the game-winner.

“That game was an instant classic,” Heatley said. “Back and forth all game.”

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