DENVER -- The Minnesota Wild rallied in the third period before defeating the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in a shootout Saturday at Pepsi Center.
Both Wild shooters, Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu, scored against Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov in the tiebreaker. Wild goalie Josh Harding stopped the Avalanche's final two shooters, PA Parenteau and Ryan O'Reilly after Matt Duchene led off with a goal.
The Avalanche held onto third place in the Central Division with a 21-9-1 record and 43 points. The Wild have a 19-11-5 record and 43 points, and have played four more games.
The Wild tied the game 1-1 with 3:53 remaining in the third period on defenseman Ryan Suter's first goal of the season. The Wild prevented the Avalanche from clearing the zone and Jason Pominville passed to Suter, who walked in untouched to the left point. He put a wrist shot through traffic and the puck trickled behind Varlamov.
When the teams met Nov. 30, the Wild scored twice in the final 3:27 of regulation to wipe out a 2-0 deficit before falling 3-2 in a shootout.
The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead at 10:48 of the second period on a goal by Maxime Talbot. John Mitchell was in the right circle when he passed to defenseman Cory Sarich just inside the blue line. Sarich took a shot from there and the puck bounced off Talbot's skate behind Harding.
Each goalie stopped 26 shots through regulation and the 5-minute overtime period.
Both teams have had problems scoring in recent weeks, a trend that continued Saturday.
Not counting goals awarded in two shootouts, the Avalanche had 17 goals in their previous nine games. The Wild scored 15 times in their previous 10 and were shut out twice.
The Avalanche had the only two power plays of the first two periods and failed to capitalize, running their drought with the man advantage to 0-for-26 in a 10-game stretch.
The Wild managed three shots on a third-period power play but couldn't convert. They have gone 1-for-11 with the man advantage in their past five games.
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