Wild Awestruck in Denver; Falls to Avs 4-2

Doug Pensinger

The Wild got beat, no sugarcoating this one. Too Fast Too Furious were the Avs for the Wild.

If you're unhappy about tonight's loss, welcome to the club.

After Jumping out to an early 1-0 lead after Charlie Coyle scores his second of the series, it turned into the Nathan MacKinnon/Gabriel Landskog show. The speed of that line killed the Wild tonight. Seriously, the kid razzles and dazzles so much, that the Wild were in awe of him.

Minnesota ultimately fell to the Avalanche 4-2  and now trail 2-0 in the series. Nathan MacKinnon scored the early equalizer after Coyle's goal with a wicked wrister from the slot that went in over the shoulder of Ilya Bryzgalov. The Avs then put the pedal to the metal and didn't let up the rest of the game. the Wild were lucky to escape with a 1-1 tie after one.

The second period saw the Wild struggle to keep up with Colorado's top line. MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Landeskog had two goals, and Paul Stastny finished with an empty net goal and three assists. Landeskog's two goals were created by the dynamic speed of MacKinnon and it proved to be too much for the Wild to handle.

Bryzgalov was chased from the net after 32 minutes and fought the puck all night. Darcy Kuemper came in relief and made 14 BIG saves to keep the Wild within two. Semyon Varlamov played as well as he's played all season as the Wild had great chances to score early and during a first period Wild power play the saw Minnesota rack up 7 shots on goal. He shut the door the rest of the way until Marco Scandella tipped home a shorthanded shot with 1:09 left in the game and the goalie pulled in favor for the extra attacker.

There is little doubt that Kuemper is your Game 3 starting goaltender.

The series now shifts to St. Paul for two games. The Wild needs to hold serve at home. Yuck. This game is one to forget immediately.

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