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Avalanche extend point streak to 15 games, beat Wild 5-4

Ryan Hartman had a goal and two assists for Minnesota, which had won 11 straight at Xcel Energy Center since losing 5-1 to Colorado on Jan. 30.
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Colorado Avalanche players celebrate after Colorado Avalanche's J.T. Compher (37) scored a goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Monday, April 5, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Nathan MacKinnon, Andre Burakovsky, Brandon Saad and J.T. Compher scored in a four-goal second period and Colorado held off Minnesota 5-4 to extend its league-best points streak to 15 games. 

Gabriel Landeskog also scored, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 21 shots for his fourth straight win. 

At 12-0-1 in his last 13 outings, Grubauer set a franchise record for the longest stretch with a point by a goaltender. 

Ryan Hartman had a goal and two assists for Minnesota, which had won 11 straight at Xcel Energy Center since losing 5-1 to Colorado on Jan. 30.

The Wild started with a strong first period, but came out flat in the second as the proverbial roof caved in as the Avs launched 20 shots and potted four goals. 

"We didn't play them hard in the second period," Wild center Ryan Hartman told NHL.Com. "We made it easy on them and we kinda kicked ourselves after the second, talked about how to play them and guys pushed back and we made it a lot harder for them in the third period."  

A push in the third by the Wild proved too little, too late. Goals by Nick Bjugstad, Marcus Johansson and Kevin Fiala brought Minnesota within 5-4 with 35 seconds remaining, and a redirection by Johansson nearly tied the game in the final seconds. 

 Western Division-leading Colorado has now won the last three games between the clubs.