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Avalanche face Wild, look to match club points record

Field Level Media
07 Apr 2021, 16:55 GMT+10

The Colorado Avalanche will try to match a franchise points record Wednesday night when they again oppose the Minnesota Wild in Saint Paul, Minn.

The Avalanche beat the Wild 5-4 Monday night for their 15th consecutive game without a regulation defeat (13-0-2), the longest points streak in the NHLthis season. The franchise record for the Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques is 16 straight games, accomplished during their Stanley Cup-winning season of 2000-01.

Five different players produced goals for Colorado on Monday while Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves to extend his personal points streak to 13 games (12-0-1), passing Patrick Roy (1996-97) and Peter Budaj (2006-07) for the longest in franchise history.

The West Division-leading Avalanche, who are 5-1-1 against Minnesota this season, have won five in a row and are tied with the Florida Panthers for the most points in the league, 56. Colorado also has played two fewer games than the Panthers.

"Where we are in the standings -- first, second, third -- we know it's important, but it doesn't necessarily make you the best team," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "That has yet to be proven and has to be proven in the playoffs and not the regular season."

Colorado showed how dominant it can be in a second period Monday that saw the Avalanche outshoot the Wild 20-5 while scoring four consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead. The Wild cut it to 4-2 in the third period on a Nick Bjugstad goal, but Gabriel Landeskog answered to put Colorado back up by three.

Minnesota got a power-play goal from Marcus Johansson midway into the third period, and Kevin Fiala's six-on-four goal with 35 seconds left closed it to 5-4, but the Wild couldn't muster a tying score.

The loss snapped a franchise-record, 11-game home winning streak for the Wild dating to Jan. 30, a 5-1 loss to the Avalanche. Minnesota outscored its opponents 35-14 in two months of nothing but winning at home.

"We competed our butts off in the third period, but it's not good enough," Minnesota coach Dean Evason said. "It's not good enough against a team like this. It has to be 60 minutes, can't be 20, can't be 40. It has to be 60 minutes."

"We know what we need to do and how we need to play to beat these guys over there," said Ryan Hartman, who had given the Wild a 1-0 early lead before Colorado's second-period onslaught. "We just had a brain fart and thought we were something else in the second period, and we weren't doing what we need to do to beat that team. There's a certain way to play. We didn't do that."

The Wild hope their strong third period will carry over into Wednesday night's game.

"After the second period, we all came in and we all knew what we had to do," Hartman said. "That was our game plan in the first period, to play them hard. And we didn't play them hard in the second period.

"We made it easy on them, and we kinda kicked ourselves after the second, talked about how to play them, and guys pushed back and we made it a lot harder for them in the third period."

--Field Level Media

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