Avalanche run around, through Wild, take a 2-0 series lead
The Wild played a tremendous first half of the first period, and if hockey games were 10 minutes long, things looked pretty good. Unfortunately, games are 60 minutes and the team’s 1-0 lead quickly evaporated as Colorado ran around and through the Wild winning 4-2 and taking a commanding 2-0 lead.
“I think we’ve been able to shut down really good players all year long,” said head coach Mike Yeo. “For me, I think you see we’re backing up a little bit too much as far as I’m concerned right now. I think we’re allowing them to build speed and so we’ve got to do a better job.”
The Wild took the lead early in the first period when Charlie Coyle tipped in a Mikko Koivu shot, then watched as Colorado would rattle off three straight goals including a pair of Gabriel Landeskog wrist shots to give the Avs a 3-1 lead.
Minnesota scored shorthanded late in the third period to pull the game to within a goal before Colorado tallied an empty net goal to close the door.
The series shifts back to Minnesota Monday night with a main question in goal. Illya Bryzgalov was pulled in the second period for Darcy Kuemper who played for the first time since March 27th. He saved all 14 shots he faced.