DENVER, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Kyle Brodziak and Andrew Brunette gave Minnesota a two-goal lead during the first 61 seconds Thursday and the Wild held on for a 4-3 win over Colorado.
Brodziak and Brunette produced the quickest two goals to start a game in the history of the franchise.
Colorado closed within a single goal on three occasions, but could never get the game tied against Jose Theodore.
The Wild won their third straight and their sixth out of seven. Colorado suffered its second consecutive setback.
Brunette added a goal in the second period and Pierre-Marc Bouchard gave Minnesota a 4-2 lead in the third.
The Wild jumped past Calgary into second place in the Northwest Division, a distant 18 points behind Vancouver.
Theodore stopped 38-of-41 shots. Craig Anderson gave up all four goals on 25 shots to take the loss.
Milan Hejduk had two goals for the Avalanche, giving him 16 for the season.