Avalanche defeat Wild for third straight win


ST. PAUL, Minn. — Brandon Saad and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist for the Colorado Avalanche in a 5-1 win against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Nathan MacKinnon, Samuel Girard and Andre Burakovsky each had two assists for Colorado (6-3-0), which has won three straight. Philipp Grubauer made 19 saves. 

Kaapo Kahkonen made 28 saves for Minnesota (5-4-0), which has lost three of its past four games.

The teams play here again tomorrow.

Logan O’Connor, who was making his season debut, gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 3:02 of the first period with a wrist shot that redirected in off Kahkonen’s stick, which was lying to his side in the crease.

Matt Dumba scored from a sharp angle off the mask of Grubauer to tie it 1-1 at 6:49, but Joonas Donskoi buried a pass from Saad for a power-play goal with 17 seconds left in the period to give Colorado a 2-1 lead. 

Mikko Rantanen extended the lead to 3-1 at 3:07 of the second period with a shot top shelf after skating across the slot.

Saad made it 4-1 at 12:17 of the third period, and J.T. Compher scored on the power play at 14:55 for the 5-1 final. 

Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson left the game at 9:24 of the first period after a hit from Wild forward Jordan Greenway. 

Wild forward Marcus Johansson left in the second period, and Dumba left in the third period after getting clipped by Greenway. 

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