Three different Minnesota players scored as the Wild topped the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 and gained sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division. Minnesota has a two-point lead over second place Calgary and Colorado. The Wild sorely needed this victory against their division rival, after losing nine of their previous 13 contests overall, according to the Associated Press.
Brent Burns kicked off the scoring with a power play goal midway through the first period. After a Joe Sakic goal tied the game in the second period, Burns fed Branko Radivojevic for what proved to be the game winner. Jose Theodore had 26 saves in the losing effort; it was just the third Avalanche defeat in the past 11 games.