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Avalanche Battled in 2020 Playoffs

Colorado falls short in second round against Stars

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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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Start Time Set For Avalanche vs. Stars Game 7

Avs will play Stars at 2 p.m. MT on Friday in Game 7

by National Hockey League @NHL /

The National Hockey League today announced the following updates to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round schedule for Friday, Sept. 4, as well as details for Game 1 of the 2020 Western Conference Final on Sunday, Sept. 6:

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    Hutchinson Has Earned His Playoff Opportunity

    The netminder is the seventh in NHL playoff history to earn his first two career postseason wins in contests when facing elimination

    by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

    The path to the Stanley Cup Playoffs has had many twists and turns for Michael Hutchinson but he is making the most of his opportunity after finally finding his way there.

    "My career has been a long journey, been sent down and called up a bunch of times. There's always some moments when you get sent down where you never think you are going to play another NHL game, but those moments you kind of put them behind and just enjoy playing hockey and have fun with it," Hutchinson said. "For myself it's just keep working hard and try to be a good teammate, and it's kind of interesting how hockey works out and how things change sometimes."

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    Avs Not Satisfied With Forcing Game 7

    Colorado wants to complete the series comeback and advance in the playoffs

    by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

    This is the first time in Colorado Avalanche franchise history that the organization has rallied from being down 3-1 in a playoff series to force a Game 7, but to think that the team has accomplished something in its wins against the Dallas Stars over the last two games is far from accurate.

    "There's definitely something that we've done a good job of in turning the tide of the series, but just because we've come this far, our goal isn't to get to Game 7. Our goal is to win Game 7," said Avs veteran Ian Cole, an owner of two Stanley Cup rings in his career. "We still have a lot of work left to do and winning is really the only way to accomplish that."

    Colorado can take a little solace in that it has already played and succeeded in two elimination games to continue its run for a championship, while Dallas now faces its first win-or-go home (and leave the bubble) situation of the 2020 postseason.

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    Avalanche, Stars Set For Game 7 Showdown on Friday

    Teams meet for a decisive seventh game for the third time in their playoff histories

    by National Hockey League @NHL /

    NEW YORK -- After six games, several momentum swings and a combined 48 goals against five different starting goaltenders, the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars will decide their Western Conference Second Round series Friday in the first Game 7 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Central Division rivals will meet at Rogers Place in Edmonton with a berth in the Western Conference Final at stake. Start time and national broadcast details are to be determined.

    This marks the third time the Avalanche and Stars have extended their series to a seventh game. The two teams went to the limit in the Western Conference Final in consecutive seasons, 1998-99 and 1999-2000, with the Stars prevailing on both occasions at Reunion Arena in Dallas.

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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 /

    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 /

    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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