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"We were a little on our heels. We could've been a little bit better, played a little more simple," MacKinnon said.
BOX SCORE: Wild 1, Avalanche 0
"I just tried to stick with it and make the saves I had to," Kuemper said. "My teammates were obviously playing unbelievable and making it easy on me. I was just trying to do my job and stay sharp."
Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, who saved Game 1 by racing to swat away a shot on an empty net, lost his balance and tried unsuccessfully to dive at Granlund, who then began to fall forward. Granlund extended his stick to knock the puck in, and the celebration ensued.
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and a medial collateral ligament injury for Barrie. Coach Patrick Roy said he'll be need four to six weeks to recover.
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The Wild shuffled their lines, with veteran Dany Heatley's move off the scratch list the most notable change, and played their style. They didn't get enough guys to the net for long rebounds that Varlamov has a tendency to produce, but they completely controlled the flow, even if there wasn't much to show for it.
was "psychotic" to put itself through such angst. After all, the way this sport often goes, the next score in the scoreless game had the strong potential to be one of those bad bounce goals that make a night of domination go for Cincinnati Reds Cap
"We didn't play up to what we're capable of, there's no doubt. But I'd rather give them credit. They played well. They were sharp. They were the better team on the ice," Roy said, adding yet more praise for Varlamov.
Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves, and the Wild goalie in his first career playoff start was just as good as Varlamov. He said he had a feeling this would be a one goal game.
"We were playing really good. We were creating chances. We got rewarded. We need to just keep playing like that," Granlund said.
"You see it so many times where teams do so well and get chance after chance after chance and then a fluky one goes in against you. Luckily. that wasn't the case," said Wild left wing Zach Parise.
Mikael Granlund made sure that didn't happen.
The Wild finally figured out how to contain the super fast MacKinnon, forcing the 18 year old wonder to have to stay in his own zone. They had the Avalanche on their heels for the majority of regulation. Cooke was all over the ice in his 100th career playoff game, colliding with just about every white Colorado jersey.
After wasting a 4 2 lead in Game 1, giving up the tying goal with 13 seconds left to Stastny, as well as the overtime winner, the Wild badly needed to recapture some energy. They did from the opening faceoff, firing up a crowd that's been waiting 11 years for a playoff series victory.
"Knee on Tyson Barrie is without a doubt the play of the game. We lost our best offensive defenseman," Roy said, expressing confidence the NHL will suspend Cooke.
Granlund, who had a career high seven shots on goal, sliced toward the crease and moved parallel to the net with some slick stick work.
Granlund's diving goal 5:08 into overtime gave the Wild a 1 0 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 on Monday. Minnesota pulled within 2 1 in the best of seven series after Varlamov stopped 45 of 46 shots, a franchise playoff record for shots on goal by the Wild.
After the Avalanche line of Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog combined for 17 points and seven goals over the first two games, Nike Cap Womens Tumblr the Wild kept them from doing any damage.
The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs had 26 overtimes, culminated by Alec Martinez's rebound goal at 14:43 of the second overtime in Game 5 against the New York Rangers on June 13. It was his second overtime clincher of the playoffs and gave the Kings a 3 2 win and their second Cup in three years. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports" (Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)
"Let's not kid ourselves. This is a huge win for us, not only to get the win but the way that we played the game, the way that we played our game," Yeo said. "We know that next game is going to be even bigger and a tougher test, and we're going to have to be real good. But there's no question that we needed this one."
Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) makes a save on Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley (15) and forward Nino Niederreiter (22) during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.(Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn, USA TODAY Sports)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild were denied at the net by Semyon Varlamov time after time, a 44 shot barrage in regulation that resulted in, alas, zero goals.
Thanks to Granlund, the Wild avoided the huge hole.
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