The Minnesota Wild (6-2-2) made it five straight wins, defeating the visiting Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Colorado held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period, but Minnesota had things evened up 1-1 at the end of the second on a goal by Mikael Granlund (5). The Wild opened third period scoring with a powerplay goal by Eric Stahl (5). Jonas Brodin (8) added a short-handed empty net goal to give the Wild a 3-1 lead.

That Avalanche would counter with a goal with 40-seconds left in the game, but that's where things would end.


With the win, the Wild sit in fifth place in the division, but just two points behind first place Nashville. It also marked the 100th victory for Bruce Boudreau as Minnesota's head coach.

The Avalanche outshot the Wild 32-28, with Devan Dubnyk making 30 saves for Minnesota.

Next: The Wild visit the Vancouver Canucks Monday night (10/29) at 9:00 PM CT at Rogers Arena. (TV: FSN+, Radio: 1240 WJON)

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