Grubauer, Avalanche hold off Wild to win first game without MacKinnon


DENVER — Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves, and the Colorado Avalanche won their first game without Nathan MacKinnon, 2-1 against the Minnesota Wild at Ball Arena on Tuesday.

MacKinnon, who leads the Avalanche with 14 points, is week to week after sustaining a lower-body injury in the second period against the Wild on Sunday.

Valeri Nichushkin and Logan O’Connor scored for Colorado (7-3-1), which is 4-0-1 in the past five games.

Kirill Kaprizov scored, and Cam Talbot made 29 saves for Minnesota (6-5-0).

The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead at 17:45 of the first period when O’Connor banked a shot off Talbot’s pad.

They increased the lead to 2-0 at 7:09 of the second period. Joonas Donskoi shot from the left face-off circle and Nichushkin converted the rebound.

The Wild cut it to 2-1 at 13:05 on Kaprizov’s power-play goal, a shot from the slot after Zach Parise passed from behind the net.

Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon sustained an undisclosed injury and didn’t play in the third period.

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