Wild Top Avs in Overtime Again

Bouchard's goal allows Minnesota to regain home-ice advantage
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 1:23 AM CDT
Colorado Avalanche left winger Ryan Smyth, left, is tripped by Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu, in the third period in Denver on Monday, April 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – Pierre-Marc Bouchard took the pass from Brian Rolston from behind the net and sent it past Jose Theodore 11:58 into overtime to give the Wild a 3-2 win over the Avalanche on Monday night. It was the third straight overtime game in this first-round series, with the Wild winning two of them, all by 3-2 scores.

Minnesota, which snapped a five-game road losing streak in the playoffs, was outshot 40-30 in regulation but controlled the extra period with most of the action in the Colorado zone, outshooting the Avalanche 11-7. Theodore, however, made several great saves. The Avalanche, whose special team play has been suspect all season, finished 0-for-6 on the power play.