ST.PAUL – Scoring a goal, netting the game-winner in the shootout and earning a victory is the best way to celebrate a birthday. And, that is how MIlan Hejduk celebrated his 37th birthday Thursday night.
Hejduk scored in the first period and scored the deciding goal in the shootout in a 4-3 win over the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The goal was also his 800th career point.
Defenseman Tyson Barrie earned his first career point, assisting on Hejduk's goal.
Newcomer Aaron Palushaj opened the scoring 2:38 into the first, getting the puck past Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom.
The Wild evened score six minutes later when Zach Parise skated around the net, scoring a wrap-around goal on Jean-Sebastien Giguere
After Minnesota scored twice to make it 3-2, Matt Duchene tied the game with bank shot off Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon.
Hejduk and Duchene scored in the shootout while Giguere turned away both Minnesota shooters.
Colorado will head to Edmonton to play the Oilers Saturday night at Rexall Place.Tags: Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk, NHL