Posted: Oct 21, 2009 10:21 PM
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Mikko Koivu tied the game in regulation and scored on Minnesota's first shot in the shootout, sending the Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.
Darcy Tucker and Kyle Quincey scored second-period goals for the Avalanche, who outshot the Wild 29-13 after the first period. Goalie Craig Anderson had a shaky start and couldn't hold the lead the whole way, letting Koivu's low snap shot get by.
Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves, then stopped all three shots in the shootout, two of them back-handers that missed wide right.
The Avs finished a seven-game trip, the franchise's longest since relocating to Denver in 1995, with a 4-1-2 record.
Brent Burns scored on a first-period power play, and Koivu tied it with 4:51 left in regulation on a simple redirect.
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