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WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog (4 points) leads Avalanche past Wild

Oct 30, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Members of the Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche fight in the first period at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Members of the Minnesota Wild and the Colorado Avalanche fight in the first period at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and two assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night in Denver.

Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist, and Nazem Kadri also scored a goal for Colorado, which won back-to-back games for the first time this season while getting back to the .500 mark (4-4-0). Nathan MacKinnon and J.T. Compher each added two assists, and Darcy Kuemper finished with 29 saves.

Ryan Hartman scored for Minnesota, which lost the final two games of its three-game western road trip. Cam Talbot stopped 27 of 30 shots.

Colorado, which handed Central Division leading St. Louis its first loss of the season on Thursday, took a 1-0 lead at the 13:03 mark of the first period. Landeskog tallied his third goal of the season at the end of a tic-tac-toe passing play with MacKinnon and Burakovsky, firing a wrist shot past Talbot’s blocker side from the slot.

Minnesota tied it, 1-1, early in the second period on Hartman’s fourth goal of the season. The score, which came on a one-timer from the slot off a Marcus Foligno pass from the goal line, snapped a 0-for-14 power play streak for the Wild.

The Avalanche regained the lead just 40 seconds later on Johnson’s first goal of the season. MacKinnon set up the play with a hard check on Jonas Brodin to win the puck in the left corner. MacKinnon then hit Johnson with a pass at the top of the left circle where he fired a wrist shot past Talbot’s blocker side.

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Colorado extended the lead to 3-1 early in the third period on Kadri’s third goal of the season. The score came 29 seconds into a five-minute power play for the Avalanche after Wild forward Brandon Duhaime drew a major for cross-checking Bo Byram into the end boards.

The Wild pulled Talbot for an extra attacker with 2:45 to go and Landeskog sealed the win with an empty-net goal 33 seconds later.

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