Nino Niederreiter hesitated for just a moment after scoring the winning goal, not sure whether what he just saw had actually occurred.
It happened, all right. His Minnesota teammates suddenly skating over to mob him made the moment real.
Mikael Granlund's diving goal 5:08 into overtime gave the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win over Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 on Monday night to pull within 2-1 in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Teenager Nathan MacKinnon is growing up fast. Almost as fast as he skates.
The speedy 18-year-old delivered another stellar performance for the Colorado Avalanche, scoring his first NHL postseason goal and dishing out three assists in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.
Depleted by injuries, and maybe just due for a drop-off, the Detroit Red Wings have found their remarkable 22-season streak of reaching the playoffs in jeopardy.
Well, with 12 games to go, they are still in line for a spot.