ST. PAUL, Minn. — For three periods, Mikael Granlund and the Wild threw puck after puck at Semyon Varlamov, who was an impenetrable force.
Finally, in overtime, such persistence produced a reward.
Granlund's diving goal 5:08 into overtime Monday night gave Minnesota a 1-0 win over Varlamov and the Avalanche in Game 3 to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven Western Conference series.
Varlamov stopped 45 of 46 shots, a franchise playoff record for shots by the Wild.
"It felt like we were taking it to 'em pretty good, so to not get frustrated at that point, not start to drift and get away from our game, that's what good teams do," Wild coach Mike Yeo said.
Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie took a knee-to-knee hit in the second period, for which Minnesota's Matt Cooke was penalized. Barrie has a medial collateral ligament injury, and coach Patrick Roy said he'll need four to six weeks to recover.
First—None. Penalties—Malone, Col (roughing), 2:07; Stoner, Min (roughing), 2:07; Holden, Col (slashing), 7:19; Cooke, Min (high-sticking), 7:19; Coyle, Min (roughing), 9:57; Talbot, Col (roughing), 18:29; Benoit, Col (holding), 18:29; Stoner, Min (roughing), 18:29; Prosser, Min (roughing), 18:29.
Second—None. Penalties—Cooke, Min (kneeing), 2:02; Talbot, Col (slashing), 5:09; Niederreiter, Min (slashing), 11:36; Parise, Min (high-sticking), 14:45; Guenin, Col (interference), 17:19.
Third—None. Penalties—Parenteau, Col (hooking), 9:35. First Overtime—1, Minnesota, Granlund 1 (Pominville, Parise), 5:08. Penalties—None. Shots—Colorado 8-7-5-2—22. Minnesota 22-9-13-2—46. Power plays—Colorado 0 of 4; Minnesota 0 of 3. Goalies—Colorado, Varlamov 2-1-0 (46 shots-45 saves). Minnesota, Kuemper 1-0-0 (22-22). A—19,221 (17,954). T—2:58.
Champs get closer
CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews got his first goal of the series 4:10 into the game and Corey Crawford had 34 saves as the Blackhawks defeated the Blues 2-0 in Game 3 to get back within 2-1 in their West series.
An empty-netter with 19.2 seconds to go by Marcus Kruger sealed it for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.
It was quite a turnaround for Crawford, who was upset with his play after Saturday's 4-3 loss. Barret Jackman's winning goal in Game 2 went through Crawford, prompting the goaltender to say he had to play better to win.
Blues center David Backes sat out with an upper-body injury. The captain was wiped out by a big hit from behind on Saturday by defenseman Brent Seabrook in the third period of St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win. The league suspended Seabrook three games.
First—1, Chicago, Toews 1 (Keith, Brookbank), 4:10. Penalties—Shaw, Chi (interference), 12:35; Bickell, Chi (hooking), 18:16.
Second—None. Penalties—Lapierre, StL (boarding), 7:10; Polak, StL (cross-checking), 9:20; Tarasenko, StL (too many men), 16:57; Steen, StL (hooking), 18:20.
Third—2, Chicago, Kruger 1 (Saad, Handzus), 19:40 (en). Penalties—Kruger, Chi (holding), 2:34. Shots—St. Louis 15-8-11—34. Chicago 7-11-7—25. Power plays—St. Louis 0 of 3; Chicago 0 of 4. Goalies—St. Louis, Miller 2-1-0 (24 shots-23 saves). Chicago, Crawford 1-2-0 (34-34). A—22,112 (19,717). T—2:31.
Pens rally for win
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak and Olli Maatta scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Penguins in a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jackets.
Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven East playoff series thanks to the goals on three consecutive shots.
"A lot of guys here have won and been on long runs," Stempniak said. "They kept their belief. I think everybody just fed off of that."
Brooks Orpik added a goal in the final seconds of the second period as the Penguins stormed back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1. Marc Andre-Fleury had 27 saves.
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First—1, Columbus, Jenner 1 (Skille, Johansen), 1:38. 2, Columbus, Johnson 3 (Dubinsky, Savard), 3:18. Penalties—Savard, Clm (hooking), 4:21; Anisimov, Clm (delay of game), 15:40; Johansen, Clm (holding), 18:08.
Second—3, Pittsburgh, Orpik 1 (Bennett, Martin), 19:58. Penalties—Jenner, Clm (goaltender interference), 1:57; Niskanen, Pit (cross-checking), 4:59; Scuderi, Pit (interference), 8:51; Foligno, Clm (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:17; Neal, Pit (boarding), 15:43.
Third—4, Columbus, Atkinson 1 (Dubinsky, Calvert), 1:04. 5, Pittsburgh, Sutter 2 (Martin, Bennett), 5:53. 6, Pittsburgh, Stempniak 1 (Kunitz, Crosby), 7:03. 7, Pittsburgh, Jokinen 2 (Maatta, Malkin), 8:06. Penalties—Letang, Pit (hooking), 12:53; Wisniewski, Clm (slashing), 16:02. Shots—Pittsburgh 16-10-15—41. Columbus 7-8-5—20. Power plays—Pittsburgh 0 of 6; Columbus 0 of 4. Goalies—Pittsburgh, Fleury 2-1-0 (20 shots-17 saves). Columbus, Bobrovsky 1-2-0 (41-37). A—19,148 (18,144). T—2:28.
Kings bruised: Jonathan Quick and the Kings are home from a two-game playoff humiliation still confident they can compete against the Sharks. Just don't ask the Los Angeles goaltender what the Kings must change.
"A lot of things," Quick snapped. "I've got things to do this afternoon. I don't want to get into all of them."
The Kings took a 2-0 lead in late Sunday's game in San Jose. Then fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored in the second period and the Sharks pounded the Kings, scoring seven consecutive goals for a 7-2 victory and a 2-0 series lead.
RoBiDas breaks leg: Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas broken his right leg Monday in an eerie replay of his last game in Dallas when he still played for the Stars. Robidas' right leg bent awkwardly when a sliding Ryan Garbutt of Dallas undercut him early in the second period. The team said the latest fracture was just above the one he sustained Nov. 29 when Dallas was playing Chicago. He was traded to the Ducks in March.
Emery still in: Ray Emery will start tonight's Game 3 against the Rangers, with Steve Mason (upper body injury) still sitting out. Cal Heeter will back up Emery.
Red Wings 1, Bruins 1
Game 1: Red Wings 1, Bruins 0
Game 2: Bruins 4, Red Wings 1
Tonight: at Detroit, 7:30, NBCSN
Thursday: at Detroit, 8, NBCSN
Saturday: at Boston, 3, Ch. 8
Monday: at Detroit, TBD*
April 30: at Boston, TBD*
Penguins 2, Jackets 1
Game 1: Penguins 4, Jackets 3
Game 2: Jackets 4, Penguins 3 2 OT
Monday: Penguins 4, Jackets 3
Wed.: at Columbus, 7, NBCSN
Saturday: at Pittsburgh, TBD
Monday: at Columbus, TBD*
April 30: at Pittsburgh, TBD*
Rangers 1, Flyers 1
Game 1: Rangers 4, Flyers 1
Game 2: Flyers 4, Rangers 2
Tonight: at Philadelphia, 8, CNBC
Friday: at Philadelphia, 7, CNBC
Sunday: at New York, noon, Ch. 8
April 29: at Philadelphia, TBD*
April 30: at New York, TBD*
Ducks 2, Stars 1
Game 1: Ducks 4, Stars 3
Game 2: Ducks 3, Stars 2
Monday: Stars 3, Ducks 0
Wednesday: at Dallas, 8, CNBC
Friday: at Anaheim, 10:30, NBCSN
Sunday: at Dallas, TBD*
April 29: at Anaheim, TBD*
Avalanche 2, Wild 1
Game 1: Avalanche 5, Wild 4 OT
Game 2: Avalanche 4, Wild 2
Monday: Wild 1, Avalanche 0 OT
Thursday: at Minnesota, 9:30, CNBC
Saturday: at Colorado, TBD
Monday: at Minnesota, TBD*
April 30: at Colorado, TBD*
Blues 2, Blackhawks 1
Game 1: Blues 4, Hawks 3 3 OT
Game 2: Blues 4, Hawks 3 OT
Monday: Hawks 2, Blues 0
Wed.: at Chicago, 9:30, NBCSN
Friday: at St. Louis, 8, NBCSN
Sunday: at Chicago, 3, Ch. 8*
April 29: at St. Louis, TBD*
Sharks 2, Kings 0
Game 1: Sharks 6, Kings 3
Game 2: Sharks 7, Kings 2
Tonight: at L.A., 10, NBCSN
Thursday: at L.A., 10:30, NBCSN
Sat.: at San Jose, TBD, NBCSN*
Monday: at L.A., TBD*
April 30: at San Jose, TBD*
* If necessary