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Colorado at Minnesota

Wild burn Avs behind Burns' late overtime goal

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The talent has always been there for Brent Burns.

Now that the 22-year-old has finally found a permanent home on the blue line for the Minnesota Wild, he is finally starting to play like it.

Burns scored off a rebound with 18.9 seconds left in overtime and lifted the Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

"He's taken his game to another level," coach Jacques Lemaire said of Burns. "He's just playing great."

The game seemed destined for a shootout when Wild star Marian Gaborik took the puck right in front of the net and fired a shot that Colorado goalie Peter Budaj turned away. But the puck trickled out near the left circle and Burns was there to slam home the winner.

"It was an accident," Lemaire joked. "The net above the glass, that's the one he usually hits."

Three of Burns' four goals this season have come since Feb. 8, and he also played impressive defense on Sunday against Colorado's potent offense, even drilling All-Star Joe Sakic in the third period.

Burns bounced around from defense to forward and back again in his first two seasons with the Wild, but he said a growing chemistry with blue-line mate Keith Carney has made all the difference.

"If I mess up, Carney's making a good play to cover me up," Burns said. "He's been such a good part of my game getting better."

Mikko Koivu scored two goals and Niklas Backstrom made 21 saves for the Wild, who dealt their Northwest Division rivals a serious setback in their pursuit of the playoffs.

Avalanche rookie Paul Stastny assisted on a first-period goal, giving him a point in his 18th consecutive game and setting the NHL record for the longest point streak by a rookie.

But the Avalanche lost for the first time in six games and now face an uphill climb to get into the playoffs. They trail Calgary by eight points for the eighth and final playoff spot with only 13 games to play.

"I think we have to win almost every game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Certainly we'd like to beat the Minnesotas and Calgarys going forward because they are the closest ones to us, but that's what it's like."

If Colorado can't catch the Flames and squeak into the postseason, it will be the first time Sakic and Co. go home early since 1993-94.

Milan Hejduk and Ian Laperriere scored for the Avalanche, who were dominated in puck possession for most of the game.

Minnesota has all but sewn up a playoff spot, leading the ninth-place Avs by 11 points.

Colorado took a 2-1 lead midway through an exciting third period when Laperriere took a centering pass from Ben Guite and beat Backstrom on the stick side.

The Wild needed just 22 seconds to respond. Pavol Demitra grabbed a loose puck behind the Colorado net and found Koivu to the left of Budaj. Koivu slipped the puck in on the short side, tying the game with just under 10 minutes to play.

Koivu's only other two-goal game this season came at Colorado on Feb. 1, and he has scored seven of his 16 goals this year against the Avalanche.

"We got at least a point, fortunately," Budaj said. "It's pretty disappointing because we need two. But it's not the end of the world."

Hejduk's power-play goal in the first period tied the game 1-1 and got Stastny into the record books.

Stastny got the second assist on that goal, breaking the NHL rookie record set by Teemu Selanne in 1993.

Rookie point streaks seem to run in the Stastny family.

Paul's father, Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, had a point in 16 straight games as a rookie with Quebec in 1980-81. Paul also set a record for getting a point in his 14th straight road game, surpassing his uncle Marian Stastny's 13 straight road games as a rookie with the Nordiques in 1981-82.

"It's something special that I'll look back on probably in the summertime," Stastny said. "But right now it's tough to take after losing 3-2 in a big game for us in overtime."

Notes

  • Colorado RW Marek Svatos (groin) was listed as day-to-day but did not dress.
  • Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard (back) did not play.
  • Carney had three penalties in the game, which led to two Avalanche goals.
  • Hejduk has scored a goal in four straight games.
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Marian Gaborik (left) and Martin Skoula (right) celebrate with Brent Burns.  (AP)
Marian Gaborik (left) and Martin Skoula (right) celebrate with Brent Burns. (AP)
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Scoreboard
Colorado (34-29-6)10102
Minnesota  (39-24-7) «10113
Three Stars
M. Koivu
MIN


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
B. Burns
MIN


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
K. Sauer
COL


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:20Power Play - Mikko Koivu (15), Tip-In - Assists: Mark Parrish, Pierre-Marc Bouchard
16:16Power Play - Milan Hejduk (29), Wrist Shot - Assists: Andrew Brunette, Paul Stastny
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
09:47Ian Laperriere (6), Tip-In - Assists: Ben Guite, Brett Clark
10:09Mikko Koivu (16), Wrist Shot - Assists: Pavol Demitra, Marian Gaborik
OT
04:41Brent Burns (4), Tip-In - Assists: Marian Gaborik, Pavol Demitra
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:59Carney: Cross Check - 2 min.
09:11Brunette: Boarding - 2 min.
11:13Vaananen: Cross Check - 2 min.
12:29Clark: Hooking - 2 min.
15:13Carney: Holding - 2 min.
19:54Klee: High sticking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
02:26Veilleux: Roughing - 2 min.
02:26Vaananen: Roughing - 2 min.
05:39Laperriere: Roughing - 2 min.
05:39Nummelin: Holding - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
07:46Carney: Delay of Game - 2 min.
19:27Stastny: Interference - 2 min.
OT
None
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Colorado489223
Minnesota9510529
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Peter Budaj 64:36263
Niklas Backstrom 64:36212
Game Information
Attendance - 18568
Referees - Chris Lee, Mick McGeough
Linesmen - Ryan Galloway, Thor Nelson
 
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Car 1 Final
NYR 2
Bos 6 Final
Det 3
LA 3 Final
OT
Dal 4
Van 2 Final
Ana 4
Edm 0 Final
SJ 3