Avalanche survive a huge scare against the Wild

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The best news for the Colorado Avalanche wasn’t their 4-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild but rather hearing that their forward Ryan O’Reilly didn’t suffer any serious damage after crashing head first into the boards. This scary Friday night event occurred in the second period when with Colorado leading 2-0, O’Reily lost an edge while chasing a lose puck and went into the boards. According to the team O’Reily, who has 15 points and a +9 rating was able to move his arms and legs but was still taken to the hospital as a precaution. “He was moving and it sounds like he’s OK,” Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson who made 32 saves on the night said. “You’ve got to find a way to pick him up. It was our jon and our duty to win the game for him.” Colorado, who got their first two goals from Kevin Porter and Milan Hejduk extended their lead on a goal from Tomas Fleischmann which brought out the Minnesota boo- birds. The Wild who are now 3-6-1 in their last 10 home games were strongly booed by their fans following the second period. “It’s not because of lack of effort or caring,” Wild coach Todd Richards said. “We created chances and that’s what you want to do. We need either that extra effort to finish or we need a fortuitous bounce.” Andrew Brunette scored early in the third period for the Wild’s only goal. “We’re just not scoring goals,” Wild defenseman John Madden said. “We hit three goal posts in the first period I think and pucks are going just wide, so we’re not getting any bounces. You can’t score one goal a game and expect to win.” Scoring the fourth and final game for the Avalanche was Ryan Wilson.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/hockey/nhl/gameflash/2011/01/14/27832_recap.html#ixzz1BAqAFocS

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