Avs Don't Need Overtime to Beat Wild

Three-goal first period, Theodore's goaltending pave way for 5-1 win
By Chip Bayers,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 1:55 AM CDT
Minnesota Wild right winger Brian Rolston (12) reaches back for the puck before scoring a goal on Colorado Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore, right, as Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles looks on in...   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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(Newser) – No fluke finish to this one. No overtime, either. Jose Theodore stopped 24 of 25 shots and the Colorado Avalanche used a three-goal first-period to rout the Minnesota Wild 5-1 on Tuesday night, tying their first-round playoff series at two games each. The first three games of the series—as well as the last two when these two teams met in the 2003 playoffs—all went into overtime and ended in 3-2 scores.

The series goes back to Minnesota for Game 5 on Thursday night, and it should be interesting—this game featured a whole lot of fighting, including some fisticuffs after the final horn sounded. Minnesota collected an astounding 119 minutes of penalty time, 24 by Derek Boogaard, who was ejected, and 35 by Stephane Veilleux, who received a 10-minute misconduct that was assessed at game's end.