MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Wild now down 2-0 in playoff series with Colorado
DENVER (SportsNetwork.com) - Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal with three assists as the rookie led the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series.
The 18-year-old became the youngest player in Colorado franchise history to score a goal in the playoffs as his marker tied the game, then he helped to set up a pair of goals from Gabriel Landeskog to give his club a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series. The front runner for the Calder Trophy as the leagues top rookie, MacKinnon led all freshmen in points with 63 and tied for goals with 24.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots for Colorado, which is 12-0 all-time in playoff series after going up 2-0. Paul Stastny posted an empty-net goal and three assists. Charlie Coyle and Marco Scandella scored for the Wild, who saw starter Ilya Bryzgalov pulled after giving up three goals on 14 shots. Darcy Kuemper performed well in relief, turning away all 14 shots he faced.
This series now heads back to Minnesota for the next two tilts, with Game 3 scheduled for Monday night.
The Kansas City Royals used a five-run fourth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-4, in the middle game of a three- game series. Omar Infante, Nori Aoki, Justin Maxwell and Mike Moustakas each had an RBI for the Royals, who have won five in a row. Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Kansas City starter Bruce Chen (1-1) allowed four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and four walks over five innings. He was scheduled to pitch Thursday but was scratched due to back stiffness. Kurt Suzuki hit a solo homer and knocked in three runs for the Twins, who went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight. Aaron Hicks added an RBI. Minnesota starter Kevin Correia (0-2) gave up five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits over six full frames.