DENVER - Nathan MacKinnon scored 3:27 into overtime after P.A. Parenteau tied the game late in regulation, helping the Colorado Avalanche rally for a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night and a 3-2 lead in the first-round series.
MacKinnon poked the puck past Darcy Kuemper's glove with two defenders all over him. The rookie also had two assists.
Nathan MacKinnon continues his strong postseason performance with the overtime game-winner in Game 5.
Parenteau scored with 1:14 left after Avalanche coach Patrick Roy pulled goaltender Semyon Varlamov with 2:22 remaining. The strategy worked out yet again.
Wild fans on Twitter were upset about calls all night. Two key plays came in the final minutes of regulation. Referees did not call an apparent hold as Charlie Coyle looked to score in an empty net. Replays also showed that an Avalanche player was offsides moments before the game-tying goal was scored.
After the game, Wild coach Mike Yeo would not be drawn into any conversation about controversial calls or bad bounces.
"To sit here and dwell (on the loss) isn't going to do any good," Yeo said.
Yeo called it playoff hockey. He said it is very important manage the highs and lows in a game and in a series.
"We knew coming in that we were playing a team that won the division, a team that is a very skilled group, never once did we think things were going to be easy," Yeo added.
Nick Holden and Cody McLeod also added goals for the Avalanche.
Kyle Brodziak, Zach Parise and Matt Moulson scored for the Wild. Two of Minnesota's goals came after a Colorado defenseman shattered their stick and had to play without one.
The series switches back to Minnesota for Game 6 on Monday.
"We have a lot of guys who have never played in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and it there aren't many things better than that, so that's our goal," Yeo said.
Yeo said it will be important for his team to match the urgency and energy it showed in Games 3 and 4.