Avalanche loses Barrie, game to Minnesota, still lead series
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mikael Granlund’s diving goal 5:08 into overtime gave the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win over the Avalanche in Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Monday night.
But the bigger story for the Avalanche, which still leads the series 2-1, is defenseman Tyson Barrie, who will miss the rest of the series, coach Patrick Roy said after the game.
Barrie has a medial collateral ligament injury in his left knee and is out four to six weeks. He was hurt after Minnesota left wing Matt Cooke delivered a knee-on-knee hit on the open ice in the second period.
The league will look at the hit by Cooke, who has been suspended many times in his career.
The NHL Department of Player Safety said on Twitter that Cooke has been offered an in-person hearing for the kneeing but said details were to be determined.
Cooke only received a two-minute penalty, something Roy thought was light.
“I think it would’ve broke their momentum. There’s a key moment in those games. And now we believe that the league will make the right call,” Roy said.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made 45 saves.
Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves for the Wild in his first playoff start as Minnesota kept the Avalanche line of line of Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog in check by shuffling its lines.
“We were a little on our heels. We could’ve been a little bit better, played a little more simple,” MacKinnon said.
“We didn’t play up to what we’re capable of, there’s no doubt. But I’d rather give them credit. They played well. They were sharp. They were the better team on the ice,” Roy said.
AVALANCHE VS. WILD
Best-of-seven; Avalanche lead, 2-1
April 17: Avalanche 5-4 (OT)
April 19: Avalanche 4-2
April 21: Wild 1-0 (OT)
April 24: at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.
April 26: at Pepsi Center, TBA
April 28*: at Minnesota, TBA
April 30*: at Pepsi Center, TBA