Final

Series (Game 7 of 8)

Colorado leads 5-3

Game 1: Thursday, December 22nd
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Game 2: Friday, December 23rd
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Game 3: Thursday, January 5th
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Game 4: Tuesday, January 31st
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Game 5: Thursday, February 9th
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Game 6: Tuesday, February 28th
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Game 7: Sunday, March 5th
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Game 8: Sunday, April 9th
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(34-23-6, 74 pts)

Wild 5

(30-28-5, 65 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 5, 2006

Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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COL 2 0 13
MIN 2 1 25

W. Walz (Wild - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

M. Gaborik (Wild - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

A. Tanguay (Avalanche - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Colorado (34-22-6) at Minnesota (29-28-5) 7:00 pm EST

Colorado (34-22-6) at Minnesota (29-28-5) 7:00 pm EST

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) - The Colorado Avalanche hope to bounce back from a tough loss when they visit the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

The Avalanche trail the first-place Calgary Flames (35-18-7) by just three points in what has become a crowded Northwest Division.

Colorado opened its post-Olympic schedule with a pair of impressive victories before dropping a 5-3 decision at Dallas on Saturday.

Milan Hejduk and defenseman Rob Blake tallied in the third period to draw the Avalanche within a goal, but blue-liner John-Michael Liles was whistled for a late hooking penalty which led to a power-play goal for the Stars.

Rookie goaltender Peter Budaj made 26 saves for Colorado, which plays eight of its next nine games on the road.

Minnesota enters Sunday's contest hoping to snap a four-game skid.

Marian Gaborik scored his team-leading 28th goal Friday, but the Wild dropped a 4-2 contest to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Todd White also tallied for Minnesota, which is 5-18-1 with three ties all-time against Colorado.

With a win Sunday, Wild coach Jacques Lemaire would notch the 400th of his career. The only coach in franchise history, the 60-year-old Lemaire guided the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup title in 1995. He has 152 career victories with Minnesota.

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