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Minnesota Wild 3, Colorado Avalanche 2 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:24 AM

Associated Press

DENVER (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild won their first regular-season road game in Colorado and forward Pascal Dupuis responded with a deep sigh of relief.

"Finally a win here," Dupuis said. "But you have to remember that's a pretty good team over there."

Dupuis and Filip Kuba scored to lift Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night.

Sergei Zholtok added his 100th NHL goal, and Dwayne Roloson had 37 saves for the Wild, who won their third straight and have lost only twice (5-2-2) in nine games.

The Avalanche were 7-0-2 at home against the Wild in the regular season and had outscored them 31-18.

"I think all the boys feel really good," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "When you work hard and you win, there isn't one guy in the room that doesn't feel good. It's all about effort and wins."

Minnesota rallied from a 3-1 series deficit against Colorado in the first round of last season's playoffs and eliminated the Avalanche by winning the final two games in overtime. Game 7 was a 3-2 victory in Denver.

Joe Sakic had a pair of goals, and Milan Hejduk and Steve Konowalchuk had two assists each for the Avalanche on Wednesday. Colorado had its unbeaten streak ended at eight (4-0-4).

"I think we were very flat and you can't play like that, no matter who you are playing," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "No matter when it is in the season, you can't come out and get caught flat like that."

Minnesota led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Dupuis and Kuba. Dupuis sent a shot from the slot over David Aebischer's left shoulder at 4:31 after Jason Wiemer fed him the puck from along the short boards.

"That was huge for us," Dupuis said. "Right now we aren't scoring many goals, and then to get the first goal was a big plus."

With Peter Worrell serving a penalty, Kuba scored over a sprawled Aebischer from the left circle at 13:34.

"Sometimes it's the third and sometimes it's the first," Aebischer said about Colorado's first period. "Tonight it was the first. We have to try to play 60 minutes, then we should be OK."

The Avalanche got back in it on Sakic's 10th goal at 7:34, scored on a backhander from the slot. Zholtok restored Minnesota's two-goal lead at 13:33 with a shot from in front of the crease after Colorado defenseman Karlis Skrastins fanned at a clearing attempt.

Sakic's second goal of the game came on a return pass from Konowalchuk at 16:53 while Colorado was on the power play.

Roloson's best save came at 3:26 of the third period when he made a last-second lunge to deny Andrei Nikolishin after Roloson stopped Sakic's wrist shot from the slot.

Minnesota took a 3-2 lead into the third period, which was scoreless.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:39
MIN
Pascal Dupuis (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Wiemer (6)
1 - 0 MIN
13:34
MIN
PPG - Filip Kuba (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Marian Gaborik (4), Alexandre Daigle (6)
2 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
07:24
COL
Joe Sakic (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (11), Steve Konowalchuk (5)
2 - 1 MIN
13:33
MIN
Sergei Zholtok (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Antti Laaksonen (5), Willie Mitchell (7)
3 - 1 MIN
16:53
COL
PPG - Joe Sakic (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Konowalchuk (6), Milan Hejduk (12)
3 - 2 MIN
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
12:52
COL
Peter Worrell  Holding the stick against  Alex Henry
15:31
COL
Jim Cummins  Roughing against  Alex Henry
15:31
COL
Jim Cummins  Misconduct (10 min)
15:31
MIN
Alex Henry  Roughing against  Dan Hinote
15:31
MIN
Alex Henry  Misconduct (10 min)
2nd Period
02:59
MIN
Matt Johnson  Fighting (maj) against  Peter Worrell
02:59
COL
Peter Worrell  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Johnson
16:21
MIN
Jason Wiemer  Holding the stick against  Teemu Selanne
3rd Period
01:19
COL
Joe Sakic  Holding the stick against  Jason Wiemer
15:23
MIN
Sergei Zholtok  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 29TOI: 59:57
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0
David Aebischer
David Aebischer
SA: 28TOI: 58:44
Saves: 25EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0
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