Sakic Wins It in Overtime for Avs

Captain scores game winner midway through first OT
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2008 12:10 AM CDT
Colorado Avalanche's Joe Sakic, front, celebrates his winning goal in overtime as Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, back, of Finland, lays on the ice during in a first round playoff hockey game   (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)
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(Newser) – Joe Sakic added another line to his amazing playoff resume. Sakic tipped in a shot by Ruslan Salei from the point midway through the first overtime period, his eighth career playoff goal in extra time, to send the Colorado Avalanche past the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Wednesday night. The goal gave Colorado a 1-0 lead in this first-round series.

Colorado welcomed Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote back in February to reunite that outstanding core with Sakic for maybe their last crack together at another title. The Avalanche got strong goaltending by Jose Theodore down the stretch and entered the playoffs poised, experienced and perhaps even the favorite in this matchup.