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Wild's wnless streak reaches seven games

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Jan Hejda scored the go-ahead goal at 10:20 of the third period and the Colorado Avalanche snapped a nine-game road losing skid by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Monday night.

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Colorado won on the road for the first time since Oct. 22 and extended Minnesota's winless streak to seven games.

Ryan O'Reilly, Gabriel Landeskog and TJ Galiardi also scored for Colorado (19-17-1).

Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Wild (20-12-5). Team captain and leading scorer Mikko Koivu returned after missing the last four games with a leg injury and had an assist.

Instead of traveling to Minnesota on Christmas, the Avs flew early Monday morning. They touched down in the Twin Cities at about 11 a.m. for the 5 p.m. game.

Landeskog tied the game at 2 with just over a minute to play in the second period when he stuffed the puck past goal Niklas Backstrom's right skate.

The banged-up Wild were well-rested after the Christmas break, but saw another player get injured early in Monday's game.

Defenseman Jared Supergeon was checked from behind by Cody McLeod and crashed face-first into the boards near Minnesota's net at 5:42 of the first period.

Spurgeon was helped back to the locker room by a trainer and a teammate after laying on the ice for five minutes.

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Pioneer staff reports
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