Avalanche 4, Wild 2
DENVER (AP) -Paul Stastny had two goals and an assist to help the Colorado Avalanche beat a well-rested Minnesota Wild squad 4-2 on Sunday night.
Colorado ran its mark to 7-1-1 over its last nine games. The Avalanche also have the best home record in the Western Conference at 9-1.
Peter Budaj stopped 25 shots,and Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist.
The Avalanche played the final 1:49 with a man advantage after Branko Radivojevic was called for hooking. The Wild almost scored a man down on a shot by Pierre-Marc Bouchard, but Budaj made a glove save on his slap shot.
The Wild pulled Niklas Backstrom with 29.3 seconds remaining, and Wojtek Wolski sealed the game for Colorado on an empty-net goal with a second remaining.
Backstrom, playing with a sore groin, turned away 22 shots.
The Wild were off for five days before taking the ice Sunday. They were without Stephane Veilleux, who was scratched before the game. He broke his left cheekbone when he was hit by a puck in practice Saturday.
Eric Belanger and Bouchard had power-play goals for the Wild in the second period. Minnesota now scored seven power-play goals in its last three games.
Stastny's two goals in the second period, along with his assist on Wolski's goal, gave him 100 points in 99 career games. He's just the sixth player in franchise history to reach 100 points in 100 or fewer contests.
Joe Sakic assisted on Stastny's first goal, which came on a power play. Sakic has 12 assists in his last 12 games. However, Sakic only has one goal in that time frame.
The Avalanche won't play again until Friday night in Dallas.