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Wild Lead 3-1 After Two Periods, Craig Anderson Pulled

Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson was the story of the second period, as he was pulled due to ineffectiveness just three minutes into the period. After being all over the ice in the first period — and allowing two Matt Cullen goals — Anderson was again out of position and allowed Wild forward (and former Avalanche) Andrew Brunette to score the rebound from a Cullen slapshot from the point. This power play goal is the second special teams goal of the game for Minnesota, including the Cullen shorthanded goal in the first period.

Colorado has been very sloppy this game, with Avalanche forward David Jones being one of the few highlights. His power play goal is the only Avalanche tally of the game, and he has been absolutely robbed by Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom on at least three other occasions.

After two periods, Minnesota is outshooting the Avalanche 24-22. Peter Budaj has stopped all 10 shots he has faced in the game.