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May 1, 2014

Wild beat Avalanche in overtime

Nino Niederreiter's goal 5:02 into overtime gave Wild a 5-4 win in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

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"It's not easy to play against a good team," said Varlamov, who's a finalist for the Vezina Trophy given to the league's top goaltender. "They've been playing well against us the whole series."

The veteran Bryzgalov stopped a shot with his left shoulder early in the overtime, paving the way for Niederreiter's winner. It was his only save in 13:15 of action.

Roy's first season on the bench for the Avalanche ended the same way his Hall of Fame goaltending career did — with a loss to the Wild in Game 7. Roy surrendered the winning overtime goal in 2003.

This one was just as agonizing.

"We had our chance — don't kid ourselves," Roy said. "We had our chance and they took advantage of theirs."

NOTES: Minnesota F Matt Cooke served the fourth game of his seven-game suspension for his knee-to-knee hit on Avs D Tyson Barrie. Cooke has appeared in the most Game 7s (seven) of any Wild player. ... Yeo said this is the start of a "budding rivalry" between the two Central Division foes. ... Minnesota is 3-0 all-time in Game 7.

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