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Koivu scores winner in shootout as Wild rally for 2-1 win over Avalanche

  • Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner (4) pushes Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly away from the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)The Associated Press

  • Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding (37) stops a shot by Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod (55) as Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin (25) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)The Associated Press

  • Minnesota Wild center Zenon Konopka (28) reaches for the puck against Colorado Avalanche right wing Marc-Andre Cliche (24) and Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)The Associated Press

  • Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter, left, dives across the crease against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, center, and Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)The Associated Press

Mikko Koivu scored the winner in the shootout and Josh Harding made two glove saves, helping the Minnesota Wild rally for a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Koivu beat Semyon Varlamov with a shot just under the crossbar. Zach Parise also scored for the Wild in the shootout.

Matt Duchene had a shootout goal for the Avs, but Harding then stopped P.A. Parenteau and Ryan O'Reilly to preserve the win.

Harding finished with 26 saves as the Wild won their first game away from Excel Energy Center since Nov. 23. Harding entered the game with a league-best 1.52 goals-against average.

Nino Niederreiter tied the game with 3:53 remaining in regulation.

Maxime Talbot deflected in a goal in the second period and Varlamov made26 saves.