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The Colorado Avalanche pulled off a comeback victory in their first playoff game since 2010 and the Central Division champions hope to take a 2-0 series lead when they host the Minnesota Wild in Saturdays Game 2 from the Pepsi Center. Steve Pearce Jersey . Catch the game on TSN starting at 9:30pm et/6:30pm pt. Paul Stastny was the hero for the Avalanche in Thursdays opener, scoring with 13.4 seconds left in the third period to knot the score at 4-4 and then tallying the game-winner at 7:27 of overtime. The 5-4 decision was the first victory in the postseason for Colorado since taking Game 3 of a first-round series against San Jose on April 18, 2010. The Avs lost that set in six games and havent won a postseason series since beating Minnesota in the opening round of the 2008 playoffs. Meanwhile, Minnesota, which lost to Chicago in the opening round last spring, hasnt won a playoff series since beating Vancouver in the 2003 Western Conference semifinals. Colorado claimed its first division title since 2003 this season and is the second seed in the West. After Thursdays win, the Avalanche are now 5-0-1 against the Wild since the start of the 2013-14 campaign. The comeback triumph in Game 1 also marked Patrick Roys first playoff win as an NHL head coach. Of course, the legendary goaltender won four Stanley Cup titles in his playing days, including two with Colorado in 1996 and 2001. With his team trailing 4-3 late in regulation, Roy made a bold decision to pull goaltender Semyon Varlamov in favor of the extra attacker with 3:01 remaining in the third. The early pull paid off with Stastnys tying goal, but not before Avs defenseman Erik Johnson made a terrific hustle play to prevent an empty-net score that could have clinched the win for Minnesota. The Wild had a chance to extend their lead to two goals with Varlamov on the bench. Minnesota forward Erik Haula cleared the puck the length of the ice and the disc was headed for the net before Johnson hustled down and swept it away mere inches from the goal line. His play paid off a bit later as the Avalanche peppered Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov with shots late in regulation and finally got one through. Holding the puck behind the net, Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon sent a pass to the left point where Johnson blasted a shot with Stastny putting home the rebound under the crossbar from the right side to send the game to overtime. "Its just like every goal, theres four or five guys that make it happen," said Stastny. "There was so much spin on that shot I didnt even see it go in." On Stastnys OT winner, Colorados Tyson Barrie kept the puck in at the left point and was able to elude Minnesota forward Jason Pominville before pushing the puck to the low left side. From there, MacKinnon picked up the puck and skated around the right side where his pass was one-timed in by Stastny for the win. "We are confident in ourselves and we always play to win," said Stastny. "Its just a bit different pace out there, theres a lot more grinding and a lot more tedious. We have to get our rest and get ready for Saturday." Jamie McGinn and Ryan OReilly each posted a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who are in the playoffs after a three-season absence. Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog also had a goal in his postseason debut. Varlamov made 29 saves for Colorado to improve his career postseason record to 11-9. The Avs played Game 1 without star forward Matt Duchene (knee) and defenseman John Mitchell (concussion). Both players will miss Game 2 as well. Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter, Kyle Brodziak and Haula scored for the Wild, who are back in the playoffs for a second straight season after missing out four straight years. Zach Parise had two assists and Bryzgalov stopped 26 shots for Minnesota, which claimed the top wild card spot in the Western Conference. "I think despite the outcome of the game we did a lot of good things out there tonight," said Parise. "We made some mistakes in the third that resulted in the puck being in our net, and it cost us." The Wild hope to pick up a win Saturday so it can head back to St. Paul with the series tied 1-1. Minnesota is hosting Games 3 and 4, with the next meeting scheduled for Monday at Xcel Energy Center. This is the third all-time playoff meeting between the clubs. The Wild won a 2003 conference quarterfinals matchup in seven games, while the Avalanche knocked off Minnesota in six games during the same round in 2008. Josh Donaldson Jersey . -- The NFL Players Association wants to determine if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers leaked information about quarterback Josh Freeman being in the NFLs substance abuse program. Custom Toronto Blue Jays Jerseys . Future Hall of Famer Ricky Ray is in his prime and back for a third season in double blue. The 34-year old was magnificent in 2013, throwing for just under 2,900 yards despite missing eight games, tossing an impressive 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions, completing 66 per cent of his passes in the process. http://www.officialbluejaysgearshop.com/Blue-Jays-Dave-Winfield-Kids-Jersey/ .com) - James Harden put the Houston Rockets on his back and willed them to an overtime victory on Thursday.Hat tricks for Alex Galchenyuk and Vladimir Tarasenko, another good night for Phil Kessel, lineup news, Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullens Statistically Speaking. HEROES Alex Galchenyuk – The third-year Canadiens forward played centre, with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher on his wings, and notched his first career hat trick in Montreals 4-1 win over Carolina. Pacioretty added three assists in the effort. Galchenyuk has been progressing and this season he is playing more (16:28 per game) and generating more shots on goal (2.19 per game) than ever before, so its not altogether surprising that his point production (21 points in 32 games, 0.66 per game) is higher than his first two seasons. Theres lots of room to keep climbing, but Galchenyuk appears to be on the right trajectory. Vladimir Tarasenko – What a breakout season for the third-year Blues winger, who tallied three goals and added an assist in a 5-2 win over Los Angeles, giving him 36 points (20 G, 16 A) in 31 games, good enough for fourth spot in the scoring race. Phil Kessel – Recorded two goals and an assist, with 10 shot attempts (4 SOG), in a 6-2 win over Anaheim, giving him 11 points (6 G, 5 A) in the past nine games. After adding a couple assists against Anaheim, LW James van Riemsdyk also has 11 points (4 G, 7 A) in those same nine games. ZEROES Marcus Johansson – Failed to register a shot attempt and had team-worst 23.5% (4 shot attempts for, 13 against) with 50.0% offensive zone starts in Washingtons shootout loss to Florida. Drew Miller, Joakim Andersson – The Red Wings fourth-liners both played more than nine minutes at even-strength against Columbus and werent on for a single shot attempt for (six against). Short nights for goalies: Frederik Andersen – Was pulled from Anaheims 6-2 loss in Toronto after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Andersen got off to a great start, with a .941 save percentage in October, but has a .903 save percentage in 19 games since. Karri Ramo – Calgarys goaltender surrendered four goals on 13 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Rangers. Ramo had been going pretty well until his past couple starts, allowing eight goals on 32 shots and dropping his save percentage from .917 to .903 for the season. LINEUP NEED TO KNOW Duncan Keith – Out of the Chicago lineup due to illness, which meant first-unit power play time (2:55) for Brent Seabrook who had a three-point game (1 G, 2 A) in Keiths absence. Jonathan Drouin – Played 17:28, his most since his fourth game of the season (October 25) and had an assist while skating with Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan on Tampa Bays top line. Jeremy Morin – Played a season-high 12:50 in his first game with Columbus, spending most of his night with Brian Gibbons and Nick Foligno. Fedor Tyutin – Played 20:41 in his return to the Columbus lineup, after missing a little more than a month with a knee injury. Vincent Trocheck – With Aleksander Barkov returning to the Panthers lineup, Trocheck was a healthy scratch. Ilya Bryzgalov – The veteran goaltender was pressed into action, his first appearance for Anaheim, when Andersen was taken out of the Ducks net. Bryzgalov has fallen on hard times. Since the start fo the 2011-2012 season, his .906 save percentage ranks 31st out of 33 goaltenders that have played at least 100 games. Cody Hodgson – Assisted on Buffalos only goal in a 5-1 loss at Winnipeg, but played just 4:55. Hodgson, who led the Sabres with 44 points last season, has five points (2 G, 3 A) in 31 games this year. Michael Stone – The Coyotes defenceman played just 1:59 before leaving with an upper-body injury against Edmonton. SHORT SHIFTS Jets C Mark Scheifele, who previously had three points in a dozen games, had his second thhree-point game in the past three games, picking up a pair of goals and adding an assist with 12 shot attempts (5 SOG) in a 5-1 win over Buffalo…Lightning C Tyler Johnson had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win at Philadelphia, giving him 33 points in 33 games this season. Roberto Osuna Jersey. Not bad for an undrafted second-line centre…Ducks C Ryan Kesler had a goal and an assist and 11 shot attempts (7 SOG) in a 6-2 loss at Toronto, giving him eight points (5 G, 3 A) in the past six games…Jets RW Michael Frolik had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over Buffalo, his third multi-point game in the past four…Kings LW Marian Gaborik scored both Los Angeles goals in a 5-2 loss at St. Louis; Gaborik has 27 points (12 G, 15 A) in 39 regular-season games with the Kings since he was acquired last season...Blackhawks C Jonathan Toews and RW Patrick Kane each had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 win against Minnesota. Kane now has 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in the past 11 games, while Toews has nine points (2 G,7 A) in the past eight games…Rangers LW Rick Nash scored a pair of goals in a 5-2 win at Calgary, giving him 14 points (8 G, 6 A) during an 11-game point streak. Ducks D Clayton Stoner, who has the worst possession numbers (45.7% Corsi) among Anaheim defencemen with at least 100 minutes of 5-on-5 play, had an unusual, if score-affected, night in Toronto, with 37 shot attempts for and eight against (82.2%) at even-strength…Jets fourth-liners Anthony Peluso (12 shot attempts for, 3 against) and Chris Thorburn (11 for, 2 against) both had better than 80% possession against Buffalo…Arizonas top defence pairing of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michalek combined for 25 shot attempts (13 SOG) against Edmonton, with Ekman-Larsson finally breaking through for the winning goal with 0.3 seconds left in overtime. Maple Leafs G Jonathan Bernier turned back 40 of 42 shots in a 6-2 win over Anaheim. Bernier has keyed the Leafs recent run with a .935 save percentage in December…Blue Jackets G Sergei Bobrovsky had a 30-save shutout in a 1-0 shootout win at Detroit…Red Wings G Jimmy Howard recorded a 29-save shutout in the loss…Bruins G Tuukka Rask stopped 38 saves on 40 shots and Predators G Pekka Rinne turned aside 33 of 35 shots in Nashvilles 3-2 shootout win…Oilers G Ben Scrivens stopped 42 of 44 shots faced in a 2-1 overtime loss at Arizona. FIRSTS Andrei Vasilevskiy – With Ben Bishop out, the Lightning brought their highly-touted 2012 first-rounder in for his NHL debut and he stopped 23 of 24 shots in a 3-1 win at Philadelphia. Justin Shugg – A fourth-round pick of the Hurricanes in 2010, 22-year-old Shugg made his NHL debut, playing 5:11 against Montrea. Shugg had 11 points (9 G, 2 A) in 17 AHL games with Charlotte before getting promoted to a Carolina team that has Jordan Staal, Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty injured. FANTASY FOCUS There are three games on the schedule tonight. Here are three players to consider adding to your lineup: Scott Gomez – Given the lack of options in New Jersey, Gomez is getting a remarkable opportunity, playing nearly 19 minutes per game, mostly with Jaromir Jagr, while getting first-unit power play time. Charlie Coyle – The power forward has just two goals (and 11 points) in 29 games, but has been inserted onto the Wilds first power play unit, expected to use his big frame as a presence in front of the net. Jannik Hansen – His ice time has been up and down all year, but the Canucks winger got to skate with the Sedins last game and does have nine points (5 G, 4 A) in the past 12 games. 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