MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Wild lose third straight
ST. PAUL (SportsNetwork.com) - Gabriel Landeskog notched a goal and two assists, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 27 shots to remain perfect on the season as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Minnesota Wild, 3-1, on Friday at Xcel Energy Center.
Nathan MacKinnon scored once and added an assist, while Jan Hejda also lit the lamp for the Avs, who have won four of their last five games. Giguere faced his largest workload in the final frame, turning away all 16 shots he faced in the period en route to becoming the first Colorado netminder to start a season 6-0-0. Dany Heatley scored the lone Minnesota marker, while Josh Harding allowed two goals on 20 shots for the Wild, who have lost three straight games.
With their spot in the Big Ten Conference Championship Game assured, the 13th-ranked Michigan State Spartans close the curtain on the 2013 regular season with a home game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Minnesota is heading to the postseason after winning eight of its first 11 games, but the team is coming off a 20-7 loss to No. 16 Wisconsin in frigid Minneapolis last weekend. The loss ended a four-game win streak for coach Jerry Kill's club, was the 10th straight in the series with the Badgers, and kept Paul Bunyan's Axe in Madison for at least one more year. Michigan State is 10-1 on the season, and its perfect 7-0 league ledger gave it the Legends Division title outright for the second time in the last three years. The Spartans are in the midst of a seven-game win streak, with last week's 30-6 triumph over Northwestern being the latest. Michigan State owns a 28-17 lead in the all-time series with Minnesota, and the Spartans have won each of the last three meetings.