By: Kate Butler |


The Wild, who were undefeated in 2014 coming into this match up, looked to make it five-in-a-row tonight as they hosted the Colorado Avalanche. Unfortunately for the Wild, they just weren’t able to pull off the win tonight. After being down by one, then tied 2-2, an empty-net goal was what sealed the Wild’s 4-2 fate tonight in front of their biggest crowd of the season: 19,117 fans.


The first period wasn’t overly impressive for either team, though the Avalanche were able to kill off a penalty picked up by Eric Johnson. Minnesota outshot Colorado 7-3 in the opening period, yet both teams came up scoreless.


The second period of play began scoreless, but things really started to pick up over the course of the period. About nine minutes in, Gabriel Landeskog drew first blood for the Avalanche, making it a 1-0 game. The Wild found themselves killing off a 5-on-3 situation for 48 seconds as a result of overlapping penalties from Veilleux and Cooke. Just as Cooke was stepping back on to the ice, at into the second period, Ryan O’Reilly snuck one past Backstrom, putting the Avs up 2-0.


 It took the Wild just 54 seconds to answer, with a goal from Charlie Coyle. Before Varlamov had a chance to gather himself from that goal, short 40 seconds later, Coyle picked up his second goal of the game to tie it up 2-2. Coyle called this shift “a definite confidence booster” after the game.

The final period of regulation play opened with both teams knotted at two goals each. O’Reilly slipped a backhanded shot past Backstrom at of the period, putting his team up 3-2. Minnesota actually outshot the Avs this period 12-6, but as Mike Yeo told the media after the game, “There’s a difference between shots and scoring chances.” An empty-net goal from Maxime Talbot with to play finished off the Wild with a final score of 4-2.


Charlie Coyle told Tom Reid, “We didn’t play a terrible game, we did some good things. I don’t think we gave them a whole lot out there, but obviously we didn’t get the win so there are thing we have to work on. …I think playing good defense translates to your offensive game.”


Tomorrow night the Wild will face the Predators with a puck drop in Nashville. Tune in to KFAN 100.3 FM and on for all the action!