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NHL: Minnesota 2, Colorado 1 (SO)

Dec. 15, 2013 at 12:13 AM   |   Comments

DENVER, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu each scored during a shootout Saturday and the Minnesota Wild rallied late for a 2-1 victory over division rival Colorado.

The Wild were trailing 1-0 until Nino Niederreiter tipped a long Ryan Suter wrist shot past Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov with 3:53 remaining in regulation.

After a scoreless overtime, the game moved to a shootout.

Matt Duchene went first and bested Minnesota's Josh Harding on a forehand shot, but Parise immediately responded, sending a shot inside the pipe to Varlamov's stick side.

After Harding stopped P.A. Parenteau, Koivu sent a backhander under the crossbar for another score.

Harding then ended the game with a save on Ryan O'Reilly as Minnesota salvaged one victory on a three-game road trip.

Harding finished with 26 saves.

Maxime Talbot scored in regulation and Varlamov ended with 26 stops as the Avalanche fell for the third time in four games.

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