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So close! Wild fall 4-3 in OT, head back to Minnesota for game 6 Monday


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This one hurt.

The Minnesota Wild were winning by a goal with 1:14 left in game five of their playoff series with Colorado – 1:14 away from sneaking out of town with a badly needed win in Denver.

But the Avalanche thrilled the home crowd and won in overtime 4-3, leaving the Wild to lick their wounds as they prepare for game six at 8 p.m. Monday at the Xcel Energy Center.

After just 12 shots on goal in game four, the Avs had 32 in regulation Saturday night (the Wild had 30).

It was a hugely disappointing loss for the Wild, given that game seven – if there is one – would be in Colorado.

"The bottom line is we have to win a game in this building," coach Mike Yeo had said before Saturday night's duel.

The scoring

After a scoreless first period, Colorado scored first – short-handed – when Cody McLeod tipped it in at 8:04 into the second:

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Less than two minutes later, Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon took a shot from the point and Matt Moulson tipped it in to tie it up 1-1.

Then just three minutes after that, Colorado's Nick Holden deflected in a shot from Andre Benoit, and it was 2-1.

The Wild tied it up in the third period with a Zach Parise wrist shot (his first of the series), and Minnesota went ahead 3-2 with a Kyle Brodziak slapshot at the 6:25 mark.

Then the Wild were 1:14 from winning. One. minute. 14 seconds.

But that's when the Avs tied it 3-3 with a P.A. Parenteau goal. Avs fans seemed pleased:

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Just 3:27 into overtime: A wrist shot by the Avs' Nathan MacKinnon from the left circle, and it was all over.

After the game, many Wild fans blamed the loss on missed calls by the refs. A sampling from our Facebook page:

The narrative for game five had been set in dramatic fashion: A dispiriting overtime loss for the Wild in game one, followed by a poor performance defending rookie Justin McKinnon in game two. The Wild were on the ropes 0-2.

Then in game three, Darcy Kuemper's 22-save shutout got the Wild a crucial win. The Wild played stifling defense in game four. And suddenly the Wild looked like the tougher team.

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