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Wild's Mikael Granlund Beats Avalanche in OT with Incredible Goal While on Ice

Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund (64), of Finland, shoots the puck around Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) and  Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1), of Russia, to score the game-winning goal during overtime of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, April 21, 2014. The Wild won 1-0 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Ann Heisenfelt
Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2014

The Minnesota Wild needed someone to step up or risked going down three games to none to the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs on Monday night.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper bought the Wild time to score and Mikael Granlund eventually came through for the team in overtime. He made some nice moves to get to the net, but it was how he finished the play—and the game—that will wind up on highlight reels.

After deking Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, Granlund managed to put the puck into a wide-open net while lying on the ice:

The goal gave Minnesota a 1-0 victory and put the team right back in the series.

Granlund's game-winner was the first postseason goal of the 22-year-old's career.


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