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Stanley Cup Final

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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— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Steven Stamkos broke a long scoring drought and Tampa Bay's struggling power play scored four times in Game 2 at Montreal