In order to keep its season alive, the Colorado Avalanche has to go out and win Game 6 at the Vegas Golden Knights in order to force the Round 2 series to go the distance.
The Avs trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven set after falling 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday night. Despite facing the win-or-go-home scenario, the Avalanche is approaching Thursday's outing in Las Vegas with conviction.
"I think the mood is pretty good, we know what we have to do. We have to go into Vegas and win one game and give ourselves the opportunity to come home and take another kick at it like we had last night," said head coach Jared Bednar. "I was encouraged by [Game 4] in Vegas. Even though the result was poor, we made some big steps in that game and definitely another big step last night. To us, that's how we have to play.
"Obviously, there's a few puck decisions that we have to clean up, but going back through the game, I am not through all of it again yet, but I have gone through the scoring chances, and I like where they ended up for us. The chances that we gave up were low, but we gave up a couple home run plays there on some of our decisions… I don't see any reason why our team can't play with the same attack mentality that we had last night and go in there and get the job done. We played some nice games in Vegas this year although it hasn't so far yet in this series. We know we can go in there and play well."