ST. PAUL, Minn., April 10 (UPI) -- Joe Sakic scored 11:11 into overtime Wednesday, giving Colorado a 3-2 win over Minnesota in the opener of their playoff series.
Ruslan Salei fired a slap shot from the left point that deflected off defenseman Martin Skoula and right to Sakic. He promptly slammed a backhander past Niklas Backstrom to end the first overtime game of the NHL playoffs.
The second game of the Western Conference quarterfinal series will be played in Minnesota Friday.
This was the third straight playoff game between these teams that wound up in overtime. The scores of all three games have been 3-2, with Minnesota winning the other two.