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|While the storyline in Colorado might’ve been the team’s young forwards, the only thing keeping the games close in Saint Paul was the goaltender. Varlamov faced 78 shots in two games, posting a .962 save percentage and 1.48 goals against average. Yesterday, he learned that he is a Vezina Trophy finalist, along with Tukka Rask and Ben Bishop.||The series might be even, but the Avs are dominating the Wild in the Beard-A-Thon fundraiser. Currently, the Avs have raised more than $2,000 and four times the amount as Minnesota. Throw away the razor and make a pledge to the Minnesota Wild Foundation, you won’t be sorry.
The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
|Charlie Coyle leads the Wild with three goals this series, earning his first career playoff power-play goal and game-winning goal in Game 4, after netting the Wild’s first goals in Games 1 and 2. He has five points (3-2=5) in nine career playoff games.
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The Wild won’t make any changes up front:
Nor on the blue line:
Kuemper became the first goaltender to record a shutout in his first postseason start since Anaheim's Jonas Hiller blanked San Jose on April 16, 2009. In addition, Kuemper is the first goalie to record the milestone in a 1–0 overtime win since Detroit's Normie Smith in 1936.
|Don’t assume that the next game is going to start the same way. Don’t go in there with the expectation that we’re just going to be able to pick up where we left off. Make it happen with the little things, with the way that we play, with the way that we execute.
- Yeo on Game 5
|Scratches tonight will be: Jonathon Blum, Stephane Veilleux and Mike Rupp. Cooke is out with a suspension. Defenseman Keith Ballard has a lower-body injury.
Forward Jason Zucker (surgery) and goaltender Josh Harding (illness) are on Injured Reserve. Niklas Backstrom is shutdown for the remainder of the season.
|D Erik Johnson hails from Bloomington. LW Patrick Bordeleau was selected by Minnesota in the fourth-round (114th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.||The Wild is 14-for-15 on the penalty kill this series, only allowing an empty-net, power-play goal in Game 2. Minnesota entered the series having killed 15 straight Avalanche power-play attempts dating back eight regular-season games to March 14, 2013. Colorado ranked T-5th in the NHL this season with a 19.8% conversion rate on the power play.
|Wild at Avalanche will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North and FOX Sports Wisconsin, and nationally on NBC Sports Network with a start time at 8:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at Wild.com.||