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."