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WILD: Granlund says 'next game it might be someone else' after game-winning goal

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Wild center Mikael Granlund knew what he had to do to get that game-winning goal to bring the Wild their first 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs win, but he says the way his team played, next time, anyone could shine.

“These are fun games, these are playoffs, this is all about team effort and we did a really good job tonight and I think next game it might be someone else. When we play like that, I think it’s a different guy every time to step up,” Granlund said.

On the team's 46th shot of the night, Granlund’s overtime goal past Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov lifted the Wild to a 1-0 win over the Avalanche after losing the first two games in Colorado. That 46 also set a franchise playoff record for shots on goal. Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves in his first career playoff start.

Granlund’s diving goal was more than 5 minutes into overtime and after tallying a career-high shots on goal, he extended his stick to send the puck in after swiftly making his way into the crease.

“The way they play, usually, if you beat your guy, you’re going to have a little time to get to the net, and I did have a little time to get there and I was able to put the puck in,” Granlund added.

The Wild will look to even the series in Game 4 on Thursday, April 24 at the Xcel Energy Center.

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