Colorado Avalanche defeat Minnesota Wild, 4-3

Maybe the hockey gods just have a cruel sense of humor.

Wild coach Todd Richards couldn't offer any other explanation for his team's recent superiority over Colorado, noting that teams sometimes get the upper hand on a rival for no apparent reason.

But those deities also are notoriously fickle, and they abruptly switched loyalties as the Avalanche beat the Wild 4-3 at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild had won all four meetings between the teams this season and 12 of the prev...