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Avalanche of goals overcome Wild

Submitted by Sports on November 28, 2010 – 5:51 amNo Comment


Greg Mauldin scored two goals to fuel Colorado’s four-goal burst in the second period, and the Avalanche had a season-high goals total to beat the Minnesota Wild 7-4 on Saturday night and snap a three-game losing streak. However, the game did take a toll on the health of the Avalanche, who saw Chris Stewart, John Michael-Liles and Daniel Winnick all sustain injuries. Winnick left in the first period  after being struck in the right leg by a puck. He left the ice under his own power but was limping noticeably. Stewart apparently sustained a hand injury after fighting late in the second period with Minnesota’s Kyle Brodziak, and Michael-Liles was dazed after sliding into the post and hitting his head midway through the second. Michael-Liles was the only one of the three to return to the game.

Trailing 2-1 entering the second, the Avalanche tied it on Mauldin’s first goal of the night 2:45 into the period. They surged in front with a three-goal flurry over a 2:11 stretch, including Mauldin’s second goal at 7:50 of the second, in which he collected a rebound off the post and knocked it past goalie Niklas Backstrom.

The Avs regained the lead on Milan Hejduk‘s power play score at 7:18 of the second. They pulled away to a three-goal advantage 1:21 later when Kevin Shattenkirk gathered in a loose puck along the boards near center ice and skated just inside blue line before firing a slap shot that beat Backstrom. Shattenkirk extended his points streak to six games, the longest by a rookie defensemen this season.

Backstrom was replaced by Jose Theodore after Matt Duchene scored the Avalanche’s seventh goal of the night at 6:49 of the third.

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