Star Tribune's Three Stars

1. Josh Harding, Wild: Made 26 saves for the Wild, including all 11 in the first period.

2. Semyon Varlamov, Avalanche: Made 26 saves and wasn't beaten until a Nino Niederreiter goal with 3:53 left.

3. Jared Spurgeon, Wild: Plus-1 and attempted seven shots, four that registered.

By the numbers

11 Minor penalties by Niederreiter, leading the Wild.

16 Goals in the past 11 games for the Wild.

15-5 Wild outscored in the past six road games.