The Morning After: Three stars, five takeaways from the Avalanche’s victory at Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild had the game’s first four power plays Tuesday and outshot the Avalanche 34-22 but Colorado prevailed 5-1 at the Xcel Energy Center. The game story paints a playoff picture for the Avs.

The notebook leads with Avs rookie Dominic Toninato — who played in three high-school state tournaments at the Xcel Energy Center — the Avs’ lineup and more.


J.T. Compher. Two skilled goals for the Avalanche rookie forward.
Nikita Zadorov. Colorado defenseman logged 24:58, had the game-winning goal and game-high five hits.
Semyon Varlamov. Avs goalie had at least three shots carom off the iron around him but his 33 saves were impressive.


Varlamov played in his 14th consecutive game. The Russian deserved to get the win, but the Avs undoubtedly need to get Jonathan Bernier (head) healthy to avoid forcing Varly to play three games in four nights. Colorado begins a consecutive-night stretch Thursday.


At St. Louis, Thursday

Jared Bednar after 5-1 win at Minny. #Avs

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Against the Wild. The Avs finished the regular season 3-0-1 against Minnesota, Colorado’s first series win since it went 3-0-1 against the Wild in 2013-14. The Avs outscored the Wild a combined 19-4 in the last three games this season.

Delayed opportunity. Minnesota had four power play before the Avalanche got its first. The shots were unbalanced because of that, and only that.

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