Avalanche 4, Wild 2 27 Dec 11

Defenseman Jan Hedja netted the game-winning goal and Ryan O’Reilly collected a goal and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche won on the road for the first time in over two months with a 4-2 triumph over the slumpingMinnesota Wild on Monday.

Second overall pick Gabriel Landeskog and T.J. Galiardi both scored and Semyon Varlamov made 20 saves for the Avalanche, who have won five straight overall.

The Wild have dropped seven in a row.

Hedja dropped down from the point and settled in front of the crease on the game-winning goal. David Van der Gulik dropped the puck off to O’Reilly, who fired a pass into the slot, right on Hedja’s stick for the easy tally with 9:40 left.

Galiardi provided an insurance goal with 6:54 remaining in the third.

Minnesota, which has had problems on special teams during its slide, finally cashed in a power-play opportunity in the first period. Colorado left wing Cody McLeod drew a game misconduct for a check from behind on Jared Spurgeon, who did not return.

The Avalanche got their own power-play tally from O’Reilly in the second.

Cal Clutterbuck and Landeskog traded goals in the back-half of the second period to knot it at 2-2.