NHL: Avalanche 5 Wild 4Denver, CO (WDAY TV) - Every Minnesota sports fan is used to the feeling, but heartbreak is never easy and Wild fans are still trying to get over that sickness today.
By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY
Denver, CO (WDAY TV) - Every Minnesota sports fan is used to the feeling, but heartbreak is never easy and Wild fans are still trying to get over that sickness today.
Hockey fans were spoiled with some great back and forth hockey in this one.
In a 2-2 game in the 2nd, the Wild swung momentum their way, as former Gopher Erik Haula scored 5-hole, giving Minnesota a 3-2 lead.
Just over 2 minutes later, a great forecheck led to another Wild tally, Kyle Brodziak pushes the lead to two.
After scoring early in the 3rd, Avalanche Head Coach Patrick Roy rolled the dice, pulling his goalie with 3 minutes left. And with a minute and a half left, the Wild nearly made him pay.
This clearing attempt comes within a foot of going in, but another former Gopher Erik Johnson, wipes it away before piling into the net.
That ends up being huge, because with 13 seconds left, Paul Statsny on the rebound beats Ilya Bryzgalov to tie the game at 4.
At that point, you could just sense that the Wild weren't going to win. And that's exactly what happened, in the middle of the first overtime, Statsny completes his heroics with the game-winner.
Colorado steals one from the Wild in game one, with an overtime win, leaving Minnesota stunned.
Zach Parise/ Wild Forward: “It's really disappointing. We were in the driver’s seat, we were in a great position going into the third and even throughout the third we were in good position. We made some mistakes and it was in our net and that's the game.”
Mike Yeo/ Wild Head Coach: “We gave up the third goal but I thought that out us on our heels. Obviously they are going to have some momentum at that time. We have to be able to reestablish that and get back to our game and I don't think we did a particularly great job at that.”