The Colorado Avalanche will head into the All-Star break on a sour note after falling to the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Tuesday at the Pepsi Center. Colorado crawled back into the game with a second period goal to knot things up at two goals a piece, but a Minnesota score halfway through the third was too much for the Avs to overcome.
The decisive third period goal was scored by Minnesota winger Carson McMillan. McMillan beat Colorado net minder Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his first goal of the season off an assist from Kyle Brodziak.
Minnesota out-shot Colorado 34-26 on the evening, and margin was much wider than that through the majority of the night. Colorado held an edge in faceoffs (32-31) and the Wild held an advantage in hits (27-26).
The loss drops Colorado to 26-22-2 with 54 points. Minnesota improves to 23-18-7 with 53 points.