Avalanche Outlast Wild in Shootout

Colorado clinches 6th-seed with win
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2008 9:39 PM CDT
Colorado Avalanche left winger Wojtek Wolski, right, scores a goal against Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding in the shootout period of the Avalanche's 4-3 shootout victory tonight in Denver.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – Wojtek Wolski and Joe Sakic scored shootout goals for Colorado as they beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 today, setting up a first-round playoff matchup between the teams. Peter Forsberg had three assists and Theodore had 34 saves for the Avalanche, who clinched the No. 6 seed with the win. Josh Harding had 33 saves for the Wild.

The Avalanche needed at least a point to move into the No. 6 spot. It looked dicey when Minnesota took a 2-1 lead into the second period, but Sakic and Milan Hejduk scored power-play goals 3:14 apart in the third to give the Avalanche the win. Brian Rolston tied it with 3:21 left in regulation to send the game into overtime.