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Mikael Granlund scores unreal OT goal to win Game 3 for Wild

Greg Wyshynski
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Colorado Avalanche v Minnesota Wild - Game Three

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ST PAUL, MN - APRIL 21: Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild shoots the puck as teammate Zach Parise #11 looks on along with Semyon Varlamov #1 and Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche during overtime in Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 21, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Avalanche 1-0 in overtime. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was not going to let the Minnesota Wild win Game 3 of their divisional semifinal series. He was a wall, a force field, a save machine that would make 45 stops in the overtime game and look impenetrable against a stout Wild offensive attack.

The Wild needed a hero.

Mikael Granlund answered the call.

His first playoff goal at 5:08 of overtime defeated the Avalanche, 1-0, and cut their series lead to 2-1 on Monday night:

So much to love in this goal for the Wild.

The way Jason Pominville forces a turnover behind the Avalanche net. The way Zach Parise creates a lane for Granlund by going to the front of the net. Granlund using one hand on his stick to protect the puck from two Avalanche defenders.

He got a little puck luck when he lost the rubber disc by fanning on a pass. Hejda over-skated the play and Granlund getting a clear path to the crease. And oh, that move to avoid the Mark-Andre Cliche poke check, get around Varlamov and tuck it home.

This was postage stamp worthy. But Granlund’s been there before.

What a year for Granlund so far, following a star-making performance in Sochi playing on Teemu Selanne’s wing for bronze-medal winning Finland with this moment of playoff glory – his first Stanley Cup tournament goal and one for the ages for the Wild.

It’s a series again.




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