ST. PAUL -- Jacques Lemaire essentially conceded the series to Colorado after Game 4, saying his third-year Minnesota Wild would be happy just to steal one more victory.
Well, they got two.
Extending his team's postseason debut by at least one more game, Richard Park scored his second goal of the game 4:22 into overtime Monday night to give Minnesota a wild 3-2 victory over the Avalanche.
Game 7 is Tuesday night in Denver, with the winner moving on to face either St. Louis or Vancouver. The Blues and Canucks also play a decisive game on Tuesday.
"We've had so much success this season that I just wanted to make sure we had a good shot at it," said Wild goalie Manny Fernandez, who made 22 saves and won his second straight start.
"We've accomplished something so far, and we don't want to let up," said Marian Gaborik, who put Minnesota ahead 2-0 midway through the third period.
"We want to go back strong and try to play the best game we've ever played."
Colorado will try to do the same.
"We're going to be in our barn," goalie Patrick Roy said, "and there's no reason for us not to be confident."
In the other playoff game Monday, Toronto beat Philadelphia 2-1 in double overtime.
Of the 193 teams in NHL history that have trailed a series 3-1, only seven have come back to win two games on the road.
Lemaire was asked if a Wild win in Game 7 should shock anybody anymore.
"We'll wait until tomorrow -- we'll get the shock after," he said.
After trailing 2-0 late in the third period, Colorado looked like it had the momentum in overtime after getting goals from Joe Sakic and Greg de Vries against Manny Fernandez in the final 3 1/2 minutes.
But the Avalanche didn't even get a shot off in the extra period and now will play a Game 7 for the fifth straight series, dating to the Stanley Cup finals in 2001.
"We had a great feeling going into overtime," coach Tony Granato said.
But the Wild had confidence themselves, especially with an 8-1-10 regular-season record in the extra period.
"It says a lot about this team that we didn't give up," said Antti Laaksonen, who had an assist.
Park's bad-angle wrist shot slid underneath Roy's glove to send the crowd of 19,350 -- another overflow sellout -- into a frenzy.
Colorado 0 0 2 0 -- 2
Minnesota 0 0 2 1 -- 3
First Period--None. Penalties--None.
Second Period--None. Penalties--Blake, Col (cross-checking), 4:44; Skoula, Col (hooking), 10:02; Walz, Min (holding), 13:09.
Third Period--1, Minnesota, Park 1 (Gaborik, Mitchell), 1:45. 2, Minnesota, Gaborik 3 (Laaksonen, Hendrickson), 12:06. 3, Colorado, Sakic 5 (Forsberg, Skoula), 16:34. 4, Colorado, de Vries 2 (Forsberg, Hahl), 18:28. Penalties--None.
Overtime--5, Minnesota, Park 2 (Walz, Gaborik), 4:22. Penalties--None.
Shots on goal--Colorado 9-4-11-0--24. Minnesota 7-8-4-4--23.
Power-play Opportunities--Colorado 0 of 1; Minnesota 0 of 2.
Goalies--Colorado, Roy 3-3 (23 shots-20 saves). Minnesota, Fernandez 2-0 (24-22).
A--19,350 (18,064). T--2:44. Referees--Kerry Fraser, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen--Scott Driscoll, Tim Nowak.
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