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No. 2 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 3 Dallas Stars
Do or die time continued for the Avalanche last night, as they looked to pick up another win to tie up the series and force a Game 7. It wasn’t an easy task for them, as they lost Connor Timmins early in the game, and saw Gabriel Landeskog leave the ice for a period of time after, it appeared, being cut by a skate. But the Avalanche have been comfortable in their next man up mentality through most of the post-season, and the same was the case last night.
The Stars picked up the first goal of the game, as Michael Hutchinson let in a soft one on Miro Heiskanen late in the first period, but the Avalanche came right back just under two minutes later, as Nikita Zadorov tied things up with just 32 seconds left in the period. And from there, it was really all Avalanche for the rest of the game. Cale Makar pulled the Avalanche into the lead just before the midway point of the second period, activating in the offensive zone and picking up a rebound for the shot to beat Anton Khudobin. Mikko Rantanen made it a two goal game in the third period, after Nathan MacKinnon made a stellar saucer pass to him on the rush, and suddenly things were looking more comfortable for the Avalanche. Hutchinson made some big saves late in the third to maintain the lead, and then ultimately Nathan MacKinnon picked up the empty net goal to seal the win with 2:46 left in the third. And off to Game 7 we’ll go.