Liveblogging the Wild: Game 2 vs. Colorado Avalanche; Wild win 3-2 in O.T.
Before the game begins, the Wild introduce Kurtis Foster, who is back watching his team for the first time since his season ending injury March 19. I don't know if that's a harbinger or what, but shortly after, Branko Radivojevic absorbs a brutal hit and goes down. It looks like either his shoulder or leg. He's helped off the ice and back to the lockerroom. Not a good sign. Lots of pushing and shoving on the ice. Big hit on Kim Johnsson. I'm guaranteeing a fight in the second period. Stick catapulted into crowd! Peter Forsberg shoots and scores! Wow. What a turn of events. I've never seen a stick flung into the crowd like that. I wonder if Niklas Backstrom was distracted by it? Hope nobody was hurt. Looks like they're gonna trade the guy for a souvenir stick to keep the game stick. THROW IT BACK! THROW IT BACK! Brent Burns throws a huge check. Delayed penalty on the Wild for tripping. And that brings an end to a very contentious period.
Avalanche starts on a power play. We're giving them way too many shots. Mikko Koivu hits the pipe. Gabby off the post! We're getting lots of chances, but it's a game of inches. Wild are creating opportunities on breakaways. Ian Leperriere is a marked man. Huge brawl about the break out on the ice. Here's Foster again ... let's win one for him! Koivu almost got a great rebound. Ouch, that hit on Ruslan Salei looked uncomfortably like the Foster incident. Huge hit from Martin Skoula on Cody McCleod. Another big hit from Skoula! This is a very rough game. Big save from Backstrom! Backstrom is making a lot of big stops to keep the Wild in this game. Forsberg takes out Backstrom--wow, this could get ugly. Forsberg is called for hooking. Pavol Demitra has a great shot! Todd Fedoruk takes a stick to the face. He's rubbing his jaw. Looks brutal on the replay.
Starting on a power play, we need a goal here. Marian Gaborik centers to Fedoruk but he can't get it off. Aaron Voros is taking a beating in front of the net. Demitri slapshot scores! How loud is the Xcel? Jeff Hunsaker, our man on the scene, reports: "I can't hear myself." Huge save by Backstrom on a 2-on-1. Backstrom is complaining about goaltender interference. Wish we could send out Boogaard to regulate. Gaborik gets wrapped up. Penalty at 6:49 could give the Wild the chance for the win. Nice one-timer by Burns but Jose Theodore is a brick wall tonight. Leperriere on the breakaway--stoned by Backstrom! Koivu with a slapper through the 5-hole scores at 1:49! Wild up 2-1. Avs pull Theodore for the empty net. Penalty on the Wild. Hooking on Kim Johnsson. Coach Jacque Lemaire is looking pissed. 1:09 to kill for the win. Avs shoot and score! Assist by the referees. We're going to O.T. ... again.
It all comes down to this. Somebody stick to Super Joe Sacik. Keith Carney shoots and scores! Wild win! That was quick! Series ties 2-2 going into Colorado. What a series!