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Avalanche Battled in 2020 Playoffs

Colorado falls short in second round against Stars

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Down 3-1 in the series, the Colorado Avalanche was on the verge of elimination and heading home from the Edmonton, Alberta, bubble without reaching its championship goal. The team might not have achieved the title, but it made a little more noise before leaving the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Colorado battled back in the Round 2 series against the Dallas Stars to force a Game 7 but ultimately came up a goal short in a contest that needed overtime to decide one of the two spots in the Western Conference Final. Dallas will be moving on after the Avalanche fell 5-4 on Friday afternoon at Rogers Place in the final outing of the best-of-seven set.

The Avs outshot the Stars 44-35 in the game and 4-1 in the OT period, but Joel Kiviranta made good of Dallas' only shot at 7:24 of the extra period.

"We felt like we were outplaying them in overtime and it was coming," said Nathan MacKinnon postgame. "We felt good. Just got hemmed in, the boys got gassed and they made a nice play. It's tough. Two straight years, Game 7 losses, one-goal games, and it's tough. We got to find a way to breakthrough… We came here to win, and we didn't get the job done."

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Rapid Recap: Stars 5, Avalanche 4 - OT (Game 7)

Colorado falls in second-round finale as Dallas advances

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Joel Kiviranta scored his third goal of the game 7:24 into overtime to give the Dallas Stars a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round on Friday afternoon at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dallas wins the best-of-seven series 4-3 and advances to the Western Conference Final where it will play the winner of Friday night's Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights.

The contest was tied four times, which included a wild finish to regulation. After Vladislav Namestnikov found the back of the net to put the Avs ahead with 3:40 remaining in the third period, Dallas' Kiviranta tallied for the second time in the afternoon just 10 seconds later to even the score once again.

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Game 7 Projected Lineup: Avalanche vs. Stars

Colorado has game-time decisions

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars have played 13 games against one another in the last year, but the stakes have never been higher than in their final meeting of the 2019-20 season this afternoon.

After playing two preseason games last September, four regular-season contests, one in the round robin of the postseason and six more in the tightly-played second-round series, the winner of this afternoon's matchup between the Central Division rivals will advance to the Western Conference Final and continue its chase for the Stanley Cup.

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Avalanche and Stars Face Off in Game 7

Winner heads to the Western Conference Final

by Zach Shapiro / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche has forced a Game 7 after defeating the Dallas Stars in each of the past two contests to avoid elimination and now has a chance to advance to the Western Conference Final with a win on Friday.

The best-of-seven series is tied at 3-3 after the Avalanche won 6-3 on Monday in Game 5 and 4-1 on Wednesday in Game 6.

Dallas opened the scoring in Game 6, but the Avs responded less than two minutes later when Nikita Zadorov tied the contest in the final seconds of the first period. Cale Makar put Colorado ahead in the second frame, and then Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon each scored in the third to seal the victory.

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Disciplined Play Helps Colorado Force Game 7

The Avalanche only went on the penalty kill once in the Game 6 win

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Entering Game 6, the Second Round series between the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars had been bursting with goals as both teams exhibited their offensive firepower.

Not on Wednesday night.

The Avs demonstrated their defensive strengths and limited the Stars chances in their 4-1 win to avoid elimination and tie the best-of-seven set at 3-3 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Rapid Recap: Avalanche 4, Stars 1 (Game 6)

Colorado has four different goal scorers, forces a Game 7

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche earned a 4-1 win on Wednesday to force its second-round series with the Dallas Stars to go the distance at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

Defensemen Nikita Zadorov and Cale Makar tallied the first two goals of the game for Colorado, while Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist to extend their respective point streaks.

Michael Hutchinson stopped 27-of-28 shots to become the seventh goaltender in NHL history to earn his first two career postseason wins in games when facing elimination.

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Avalanche Looking to Build Off Game 5

Colorado to play another must-win game against Dallas

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche scored six goals in its last outing to pick up the win and extend its Round 2 series with the Dallas Stars, but head coach Jared Bednar says he believes his team still has more to give.

"A lot of positives we can take out of our start and some of the things that we did," said Bednar. "Our attention to detail led to some real good scoring chances and we capitalized on them early, and that's kind of the blueprint that we need here moving forward. Again, I still think our best game of the series is still yet to come."

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Game 6 Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Stars

Colorado aims to tie the series

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche looks to avoid elimination once again as the team faces the Dallas Stars tonight in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round.

Colorado won 6-3 on Monday to cut Dallas' lead to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

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Colorado Looks to Extend Series Again in Game 6

Avalanche facing another must-win in the second round against the Dallas Stars

by Kate Reed / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche aims to build off its momentum and force a Game 7 against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday at 6 p.m. MT in the sixth contest of the second round.

The Avs extended the best-of-seven set in Game 5, taking a 6-3 victory over the Stars on Monday night. Colorado began the game with a historic five-goal first period, the first time in franchise history the club has tallied five times in a playoff frame.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare opened the floodgates, scoring less than five minutes into the contest, before the Avs scored four times in a 2:36 span. Andre Burakovsky, Nathan MacKinnon, Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen all tallied in the sequence to give Colorado a 5-0 lead heading into the second period.

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Five-Goal First Period Helps Avalanche Stave Off Elimination

Franchise records set in Game 5 victory against the Dallas Stars

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Facing down the barrel of elimination, the Colorado Avalanche responded to play another day and force a Game 6.

The Avalanche won 6-3 on Monday in Game 5 of the Round 2 series, and the victory came in a very Dallas Stars-esque way as well. Colorado scored five goals in the opening period, including four in a matter of 2:36, to break open the contest and tighten the best-of-seven series at 3-2.

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