Charlie Coyle Helps Minnesota Wild Beat Avs 6-3, Take Lead in Playoff Chase
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice to give the Minnesota Wild a 6-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night and possession of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Coyle scored the game-winner at 5:34 of the third period after Zach Parise knocked down the puck at mid-ice, rushed toward the other end and fed a streaking Coyle, who tapped it into an open net.
Colorado and Minnesota both have 68 points, but the Wild have played one fewer game and are technically ahead in the standings.
Jarome Iginla scored on a one-timer 33 seconds into the game to give Colorado an early lead. It was his 19th goal of the season and 608th of his career, tying Dino Ciccarelli for 17th place on the NHL list.
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