The Wild’s blood pumps hardest when Colorado comes to town
THE MINNESOTA WILD have played just 14 NHL seasons. Believe it or not, though, only one team has stayed in their division for that entire period: the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs followed the Wild from the Northwest to the Central, where the two sides continue to play heart-stopping and sometimes bitter playo series.
The first time the Avs and Wild clashed in the post-season was in 2002-03, when the Wild rallied from a 3-1 series deficit, winning Games 6 and 7 in overtime. The Avs answered in 200708 with a six-game victory. Then came last season’s back-and-forth war. The hockey itself was sensational, with four games going to overtime, and the bad blood made the series even more memorable. Matt Cooke, known for his spotty disciplinary record, knocked Colorado D-man Tyson Barrie out of the series with a knee-on-knee hit in Game 3, earning himself a seven-game suspension.
With both teams on the rise as Stanley Cup contenders, the hatred will grow.
The two teams meet Oct. 9, Oct. 11, Feb. 7, Feb. 28 and March 8.