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Get your game notes: Avalanche at Wild

Apr 24, 2014, 1:07 PM EDT

ST PAUL, MN - APRIL 21: Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild shoots the puck as teammate Zach Parise #11 looks on along with Semyon Varlamov #1 and Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche during overtime in Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 21, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Avalanche 1-0 in overtime. Getty Images

Tonight on CNBC, it’s the Minnesota Wild hosting the Colorado Avalanche starting at 9 :30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Wild center Mikael Granlund scored 5:08 into overtime to give Minnesota its first win of the series in Game 3. Granlund became only the fifth NHL player in the last 75 years to score his first career playoff goal in a 1-0 overtime game. The others were San Jose’s Andrei Zyuzin (1998), Philadelphia’s Ruslan Fedotenko (2002), San Jose’s Niko Dimitrakos (2004) and Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly (2010). O’Reilly had come off the ice two shifts before Granlund potted the winner. Elias Sports Bureau

• The Wild registered a franchise postseason record 46 shots on goal in Game 3, led by Granlund and Zach Parise (seven apiece). Only once has Minnesota registered more shots in a game, regular season or playoffs. That came on Dec. 21, 2002, when they peppered goaltender and current coach Patrick Roy with 47 shots in a 4-2 loss at Pepsi Center.

• Avalanche forward, Nathan MacKinnon (1-6–7) needs two points to become the highest-scoring teenager playing in his first playoff series in the Expansion Era (1968-present). Elias Sports Bureau


• The Avalanche’s top line of Gabriel LandeskogPaul Stastny – MacKinnon combined for 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) and 20 shots on goal in Games 1 and 2, both wins. In the Game 3 loss, the trio was held without a point on seven shots, primarily by the Wild’s checking line of Matt CookeErik HaulaJustin Fontaine. With the seven-game suspension handed down to Cooke, the task of slowing down the Avs’ top line will be given to rookies Haula and Fontaine and second-year Nino Niederreiter.

• Avs center Joey Hishon is expected to make his NHL debut on the fourth line with wingers Paul Carey and Patrick Bordeleau. The last player to make his debut in the playoffs for the Quebec Nordiques/ Colorado Avalanche franchise was winger Mike Hough in 1985. Hough did not register any points.


If Hishon plays, he will be the 12th Colorado skater to make his NHL playoff debut this season, tying the Avs with Tampa Bay and Columbus for the most playoff debutants this postseason.

• Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper came into Game 3 with three career postseason appearances, all in relief. In 2013, he allowed four goals in 73:27 in Games 4 and 5 vs. Chicago (both losses). After stopping all 14 shots in 26:02 in Game 2 vs. Colorado, Kuemper posted a 22-save shutout in 64:44 in his first postseason start. Kuemper, who set a franchise rookie record with 16 consecutive starts in goal during the regular season, will make his second straight postseason start tonight

  1. jernster21 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    *Patrick Bordeleau.

  2. southstands1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Nothing unexpected here…I expect the Stastny-Landeskog-MacKinnon to get back on track tonight. Cooke’s line did well against them in game three…no Cooke tonight and that will hurt the Wild’s chances of slowing down the Avalanche’s top line.

    Have to get the puck on net vs. Kuemper…he’s been fantastic thus far! Colorado needs to make sure he sees more than 22 shots.

    Go Avs!

  3. guitarisgood4u - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Here’s something both fan bases can agree on.
    Let’s have some proper officiating on both sides tonight, eh?

    • govtminion - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      We’ve gone all this way into the playoffs in all eight series without decent officials, why start getting greedy NOW?

      (Seriously, some of this has just been beyond garbage. The PIT/CBJ game last night was almost unwatchable at times with the bad refs.)

      • guitarisgood4u - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Maybe the officials are tanking this year so they can draft a top prospect over football, baseball, handegg, etc???

      • govtminion - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        I’m coughing from laughing at that, thank you!

    • southstands1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Good effort, but talking to a Wild fan is challenging. I’m generalizing of course, but remember, this is the same fan base that was defending Matt Cooke yesterday.

      Here are some tips…use smaller syllable words…try using the crayola font…stuff like that.

      • findthetwine - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        Southstands…. I couldn’t agree with you more, talking to some in the Wild fanbase is next to impossible. I will also state without a shadow of remorse, talking to some Avs fans is equivalent to talking to a brick wall. Each and every fan base has those fans that blindly cheer/borderline worship their team and won’t look at it from any other perspective… Not one team in the league has a fan base that doesn’t include those that embarrass others. Reading this board or tweets from such delusional fans is a prime example of that.

        Anyways, small rant. Good luck to your Avs (even though I don’t really mean that). Should be a good one tonight.

      • southstands1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        findthetwine…LOL…yeah, every fan base seems to have their nut jobs that wreck it for everyone. You should have heard the s*** talk from the Golden State Warriors last year vs. the Nuggets…no respect for the game at all!

        My one syllable, crayola font should be applied to that certain ‘fan’ every team seems to have!

    • hockeyfan11 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Seriously, I’m a wild fan, and there have been calls that make no sense what so ever. Koivu’s delay of game, then no call on EJ’s knocking the net off the same game. Then in game 2, the waved off open net goal for Colorado. What the h*ll.

  4. purpleguy - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Maybe its the fact that I’m a long-time Vikings fan, but I just don’t feel as good about tonight’s game as I did before Monday’s game. Lets just make sure neither Gary Anderson nor Brett Favre are in the stands tonight.

    • southstands1 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      What’s the word at QB for your Vikings? I read you all were looking at Bortles even though he doesn’t have a workout scheduled?

      • purpleguy - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        We’ve heard everything from they may pick any of the 3 QBs if they’re available in the first round, to they’ll only pick defense, to they’ll trade down for a QB, to they’ll trade up for Mack at LB. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised to hear they’re drafting Landeskog in the 1st round to play safety.

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