MacKinnon caps Avalanche comeback in 3-2 win over Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Nathan MacKinnon's goal with 10 minutes left finished off a third-period comeback, and Calvin Pickard stopped 41 shots to help the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday night.
Colorado trailed 2-0 heading into the final period, but goals by Mikko Rantanen and Carl Soderberg just 3 minutes apart tied the game.
MacKinnon's individual play, taking the puck up the center of the ice and beating Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk, completed the rally.
After scoring twice in the season's first 15 games, MacKinnon has a goal in back-to-back games. He signed a seven-year, $44.1 million contract extension in the offseason.
Dubnyk made 31 saves for the Wild, but his shutout streak was snapped at 156 minutes, 6 seconds. Charlie Coyle and Tyler Graovac scored for Minnesota, which had been 6-0-1 when leading after two periods.
Colorado earned its first victory of the season when trailing after two. The Avalanche were 0-9-0 when entering the second intermission with a deficit.
Dubnyk had allowed just nine goals in his previous nine starts.
The flurry of goals came in the third, but the teams traded shots in the first. They combined for 41 shots in the period, setting a Minnesota record for one period. The Wild had 21 shots, a franchise mark for the first period.
NOTES: Minnesota forward Zach Parise was scratched prior to the game with an illness. He had returned to play two games after missing six because of a lower-body injury. . Colorado C Matt Duchene (concussion) missed his fourth straight game, while F Gabriel Landeskog (lower-body injury) missed his second game in a row. . The Avalanche were fifth in the NHL in most penalty minutes per game coming in and proceeded to take five minor penalties. The Wild went 1 of 4 on the power play. . Minnesota started a stretch of three straight games and four of five against Central Division opponents. . Wild D Marco Scandella (high ankle sprain) returned to practice Friday. Scandella has missed eight games and is eligible to be return from long-term injured reserve next week.
Avalanche: Colorado's three-game road trip ends Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Wild: Minnesota has a one-game trip to Dallas on Monday.