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Wild West showdown: Avs edge past Wild in 4-3 shootout win

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Wild West showdown: Avs edge past Wild in 4-3 shootout win

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DENVER — The Avalanche’s unbeaten streak at home continues — but barely.

After falling behind by two goals in the first period, the Wild responded with a brave rally before losing 4-3 to Colorado in a Monday afternoon shootout at the Ball Arena. It snapped the Wild’s three-game winning streak.

Colorado has won 14 straight at home.

Mikko Rantanen scored the only goal of the shootout, after Kirill Kaprizov tied the game twice in the third period.

His second equalizer came with 2:51 left in the third period as goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen was called out for a sixth skater. It was the 11th time this season that the Wild scored while their goaltender was out.

The Avs had taken a 3-2 lead less than a minute earlier after video review determined Nathan MacKinnon had scored at 16:28 on a redirect that appeared to lodge under Kahkonen’s left leg.

Earlier in the third period, Kaprizov’s shot dribbled past goaltender Pavel Francouz at 6:46 to tie the game at two.

The Avalanche scored both first-period goals after back-to-back penalties from the Wild.

Rantanen scooped up a rebound on the end boards and lifted it by Kahkonen along the goal line at 15:57 for a 5-on-3 power play goal. Then, just seconds after the Wild were Back at full power, Alex Newhook converted a one-timer at 17:39.

Colorado went 1 for 4 on the power play and the Wild went 0 for 2.

BOXSCORE: Colorado 4, Wild 3 (SW)

In the second, the Wild began to close their deficit, with Kevin Fiala starting the comeback just 33 seconds into the game when he cut down the middle with a pass from Matt Boldy and snapped a backhand from Darcy Kuemper of the ‘Avalanche.

Boldy and Newhook were teammates at Boston College last season.

Kuemper, the former Wild goaltender, started the game for Colorado but left the action later in the second with 12 saves after colliding with the Wild’s Jordan Greenway. Kuemper was replaced by Francouz, who had 24 saves in relief.

A strong finish in the second by the Wild carried over into the third period where the team dominated early on, a pressure that culminated in Kaprizov’s first goal of the night.

He has 16 for the season and 12 points in his last six games.

Kahkonen made 36 saves for the Wild.

Francouz stopped Mats Zuccarello, Fiala and Kaprizov in the shootout. MacKinnon was stopped on Colorado’s first shot, but Rantanen scored on his second.

Wild West showdown: Avs edge past Wild in 4-3 shootout win

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