National Hockey League

Wild battles through adversity to overcome Avalanche in overtime

Although it looked like the Wild might be in for a long night, the team flipped the script by not only keeping pace with the Avalanche but then shaking off its West Division rival in overtime to pocket a 4-3 win at Xcel Energy Center and head to Colorado for the second half of the four-game series with confidence.

And while just getting through the night further unscathed might have been a moral victory, the Wild earned more – two much-needed points in the standings, a template for how to slow down the Avalanche and some swagger for its trip to Denver.

One of the calming influences in the game was goalie Cam Talbot, who was making his first start since getting hurt Jan.22.

He gave up a goal on the first shot he faced but responded later in the first with a highlight-reel glove save on Nathan MacKinnon.

After scoring the Wild's first goal and setting up defenseman Jonas Brodin's game-winner in overtime, Greenway is playing at a point-per-game pace with a team-high 10 through 10 games.

Dumba is on injured reserve, it's unclear when Foligno will be available and Fiala has one more game left in his suspension.

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