Nino Niederreiter hesitated for just a moment after scoring the winning goal, not sure if what he just saw actually occurred.
It happened, all right. His Minnesota teammates suddenly skating over to mob him made the moment real.
Niederreiter scored his second goal of the game at 5:02 in overtime after Ilya Bryzgalov made a big save filling in for the injured Darcy Kuemper, leading the Wild to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 on Wednesday night in Denver.
The right winger was a rather unlikely star with his first two goals of the series. "An unbelievable feeling," said Niederreiter, whose team captured its first playoff series since 2003. "I think our heart made the difference tonight."
Minnesota trailed 4-3 before Jared Spurgeon scored on a nifty play with 2:27 left in regulation. Spurgeon waited for a clear look at the goal, and then shot it over Semyon Varlamov's shoulder and off the left post.
Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley had the other goals for the Wild, which will face the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in a second-round series that begins Friday.
Rangers 2, Flyers 1: Daniel Carcillo and Benoit Pouliot scored second-period goals, and New York advanced to the second round with a win over Philadelphia.
The Rangers shook off a 5-2 thrashing in Philadelphia on Tuesday and knocked out the Flyers about 24 hours later, improving to 6-0 in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden. New York will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the next round starting Friday.
Devils: The team announced that Jaromir Jagr re-signed for next season. Terms were not released, but Jagr said it was a one-year deal. The contract is believed to be worth $6 million with incentives. Jagr, 42, led the team last season with 24 goals and 43 assists.
Masterton finalists: New Jersey's Jagr, the Carolina Hurricanes' Manny Malhotra and New York Rangers' Dominic Moore are the finalists for the Masterton Trophy. The league announced the finalists for the honor that goes "to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."