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Wild focus on performance quality in elimination situation vs. Avalanche, not what ifs

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 6:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Wild focus on performance quality in elimination situation vs. Avalanche, not what ifs

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Twice in five games, the Minnesota Wild have been less than 75 seconds from a victory on the road.

Both times, the Colorado Avalanche got the tying goal late in regulation before winning in overtime.

Now the Wild are facing an elimination situation, with the Avalanche visiting for Game 6 on Monday and leading the first-round playoff series 3-2.

If the Wild are not able to ignore the what-if feelings of frustration from those narrow losses, they'll be in trouble against an Avalanche team that perked up on Saturday after consecutive flat performances in Games 3 and 4.

But being on the edge might work in the Wild's favour. They played some of their best games this season while missing key players.

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I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.

— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82