It was a seven-game series. Now it's the best of three - and the Avs have the advantage.
Rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored the game-winning goal in overtime to win 4-3.
The Avalanche dramatically tied it up with the Wild to force the extra period. P.A. Parenteau scored with just over a minute to play in the third period to force overtime with the Wild.
Minnesota had taken the lead on consecutive goals from Zach Parise and Kyle Brodziak.
Cody McLeod scored Colorado's first goal on a pinpoint from Ryan O'Reilly while shorthanded. Minnesota evened the score just over a minute later. Nick Holden deflected a shot from the point to give the Avalanche that advantage.
MacKinnon recorded a goal and two assists - and is tied for the league lead in playoff points with 10.
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