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Avs’ offense ousts Wild

Colorado Avalanche center Pierre Turgeon, left, puts a shot on Minnesota Wild goalie Manny Fernandez in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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DENVER ” Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist and David Aebischer stopped 33 shots and continued his mastery of Minnesota as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Wild 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Aebischer improved to 4-0 against the Wild this year and has allowed only six goals in those games. He is 9-2-0 against Minnesota.

Rob Blake, Brad May and Andrew Brunette had goals. Joe Sakic added three assists for the Avalanche.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Marian Gaborik had power play goals for Minnesota as Jacques Lemaire failed to earn his 400th coaching win.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal by Bouchard at 15:12 of the first period. Bouchard froze Colorado defenseman Patrice Brisebois just inside the blue line and skated to the upper left circle to beat Aebischer with a slap shot.

The goal awakened the sluggish Avalanche and Blake and May scored 52 seconds apart. Blake banged back a rebound after goalie Manny Fernandez stopped Hejduk’s shot at 16:38 and then May scored after Dan Hinote delivered a pass to him from behind the net.

Hejduk made it 3-1 only 52 seconds into the second period with a shot that caromed off the left post and into the back of the net. The Wild failed to capitalize on a double-minor high-sticking penalty on Brunette midway through the period

Aebischer survived a 20-second stretch without a stick when the Wild kept the puck deep inside the Colorado zone with under six minutes left. Defenseman Karlis Skrastins stopped one shot with his body during the flurry.

Gaborik cut it to 3-2 with a power play goal with 1:22 left. Brunette sealed the game with an empty net goal with 38 seconds left.


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