Avalanche, Wild Duel to a Tie, 2-2
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Antti Laaksonen’s third-period goal lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 2-2 tie with the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.
Laaksonen picked off an errant pass by Avalanche defenseman Bryan Muir and got off a wrist shot for his seventh goal of the season.
The Wild, who began the day tied with Vancouver atop the Northwest Division, had lost their last two games.
The teams traded power-play goals in the first period. Colorado scored halfway through the period when Rob Blake’s low shot from the top of the left circle was tipped in front of the net by Peter Forsberg. It went between the pads of goalie Dwayne Roloson.
Minnesota answered in the final minute of the period when Richard Park carried the puck into the Avalanche zone on a 2-on-1 break with Pascal Dupuis. Park skated between the circles, then put a low shot past goalie Patrick Roy on the glove side.
The Avalanche played a dominant second period, outshooting the Wild 9-4 and getting the period’s only goal. With Minnesota defenseman Brad Bombardir knocked down in the crease, Colorado’s Vaclav Nedorost skated across the front of the goal and got off a back-hander. Roloson tried to move to block the shot, but tripped over Bombardir, leaving half the net open for Nedorost.
Roy finished with 27 saves, 15 in the third period. Roloson had 25 saves.
Notes: Forsberg left in the second period with a groin injury. He did not return. ... Minnesota’s 29-26 advantage in shots on goal marked only the sixth time the Wild have outshot an opponent this season. The Wild’s 16 third-period shots were a season high for one period. ... Colorado is now 24-0-4-2 in its past 30 games in which Forsberg has scored.