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“Kuemper played a pretty good game even though he got pulled. He made some amazing saves on us,” Duchene said. “It could have been 6-, 7-1 if not for him.”

Backstrom had nine stops the rest of the way, giving the Wild a chance to get back into it. Parise’s goal at 7:47 of the third made it 4-2. He then assisted on Granlund’s goal at 12:51 that made it a one-score game.

MacKinnon appeared to seal the win with his 19th of the season at 17:35 but Pominville scored 11 seconds later.

Backstrom went off for an extra skater with 1:07 left but the Wild couldn’t get the equalizer.

“When you get behind the 8-ball like we did, it’s tough to get back,” Pominville said. “They are a good team for a reason.”

Colorado took a 1-0 lead on O'Reilly’s 20th of the season at 4:41 of the first and Parise tied in on the power play 1:35 later.

The Avalanche had three power-play chances to break the tie in the first but couldn’t capitalize. Brodziak nearly scored a short-handed goal but Varlamov made a save on the odd-man rush.

NOTES: Stastny left in the third period with a leg injury and did not return. … Avalanche RW P.A. Parenteau was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Parenteau played in three games after missing 10 with a sprained left knee. … Wild D Jared Spurgeon skated with the team Thursday. He has been on injured reserve since Jan. 4 with a foot injury.