Avs rookie Tyson Jost scored his first NHL goal, but the Avs lost 4-3 to the Wild Thursday night

Posted: 10:50 PM, Apr 06, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-07 00:50:55-04
Avs rookie Tyson Jost scored his first NHL goal, but the Avs lost 4-3 to the Wild Thursday night

DENVER --  Nino Niederreiter  tapped in the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Minnesota caught a break when a late goaltender interference call disallowed a goal and the Wild held off the  Colorado Avalanche  4-3 on Thursday night to tie franchise records for points and wins in a season.

Nate Prosser Mikael Granlund  and  Jason Zucker  also added goals for the Wild, who have amassed 104 points and 48 wins in clinching the second spot in the Central Division. The last time they reached those plateaus was during the 2006-07 season.

Devan Dubnyk  stopped 30 shots as No. 40 picked up win No. 40.

Tyson Jost  scored his first NHL goal.  Matt Nieto  and  Francois Beauchemin  also contributed goals during the home finale for the Avalanche.

The Avalanche had a 6-on-4 with 1:39 remaining after  Christian Folin  was called for cross-checking and Colorado pulled goaltender  Calvin Pickard . About 25 seconds later,  Sven Andrighetto  pushed the puck past a sprawled-out Dubnyk. But Minnesota challenged the play claiming goaltender interference and the tying goal was negated.

Zucker scored 10 seconds into the contest to match the Wild record for fastest to start a game -- a mark held by him. Zucker also accomplished the feat on Oct. 25, 2015, at Winnipeg. The forward was returning after missing the last three games with a lower-body injury.

Niederreiter knocked in a shot off a perfect pass from  Eric Staal  with 13:17 remaining. Granlund added a valuable insurance goal midway through the final period as Nieto lined a shot that hit off Prosser's body and went into the net to make it 4-3 with 5:40 remaining.

Jost scored a nifty goal by sending a wrist shot over Dubnyk. Jost's grandfather was shown in the stands wiping away tears.

The 19-year-old Jost signed a three-year, entry-level contract on March 29 after finishing up his season at North Dakota. He was the 10th overall pick by Colorado in the 2016 draft.

There was a scary moment early in the game when linesman Ryan Galloway was helped off the ice after taking a puck to the face. Wild center  Martin Hanzal  was trying to flip the puck into the Avalanche zone when it struck Galloway, who left with a towel on his face and blood on the ice.

Dubnyk didn't go into the season hoping for 40 wins. After all, that's a big number for a goaltender to imagine.

"If you're able to get there, it probably means you had a pretty damn good season," Dubnyk said before the game.


In their final home game, the Avalanche recognized the fans by giving away jerseys, framed photos and even a pair of skis. Colorado has drawn well all season despite its dreary record.

"Maybe it's not deserved, but we appreciate it all the same," forward  Matt Duchene  said of the support.

Game notes
The Wild scratched RW 
Chris Stewart , C  Mikko Koivu  and D  Jared Spurgeon . ... C  Charlie Coyle  had two assists. ... Avalanche rookie F  Mikko Rantanen  missed his second game with a lower-body injury. ... G  Semyon Varlamov  said Thursday morning he is making progress after undergoing season-ending hip surgery in January. ... Colorado finished 13-26-2 at the Pepsi Center.


Wild: Finish regular season at Arizona on Saturday.

Avalanche: Play at Dallas on Saturday and in St. Louis on Sunday to close out the season.