Avs beat Wild 4-2, take 2-0 series lead

DENVER - Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night and a 2-0 series lead.

The Wild were unable to contain the quickness of teenager Nathan MacKinnon, who had a goal and three assists.

"I thought that we got caught flat-footed and that's usually something we do a better job of," Wild coach Mike Yeo said.

Stastny, the star of Game 1, also had a goal and three assists. His empty-netter sealed the win after Marco Scandella made it a one-goal game with 1:19 remaining.

The Wild, who were looking to bounce back after an overtime loss in the series opener, came out strong in the opening minutes of the first period. They got on the board on a goal by Charlie Coyle just 4:18 into the game.

But McKinnon beat Ilya Bryzgalov to tie the game at one just over two minutes later. It was the first of three goals that Bryzgalov gave up in 32 minutes of action. He was pulled midway through the second period.

"I just wanted to change the momentum there," Yeo said.

Darcy Kuemper made some big saves for the Wild in the 3rd period. Both Bryzgalov and Kuemper each saw 14 shots on goal. Kuemper did not allow any goals.

Overall, Yeo said the team needs to play better in its system, and he seemed eager to return home to the friendly confines of the Xcel Energy Center.

"I don't think we took advantage of some opportunities that we could have," Yeo said. "We had chances. We had good chances in this game."

Game 3 is Monday in Minnesota.


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