STAR TRIBUNE'S THREE STARS
1. Semyon Varlamov, Avalanche: Stopped 35 of 37 shots and wasn't beaten in three shootout attempts.
2. Matt Cooke, Wild: Had a game-high five shots and scored his first goal since Oct. 12 (23 games).
3. Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche: The No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft, the 18-year-old scored for the second straight night against Minnesota.
By the numbers
20 Power plays for the Wild in the past nine games (2.2 per game).
0 Power plays for either team Saturday, an NHL rarity and the first time that's happened in Wild history.
7 Consecutive games the Wild has been scored on first.
4 Consecutive 2-0 deficits for the Wild.