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Colorado Avalanche : NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs(3-2 series )

 

Nathan MacKinnon scored 3:27 into overtime after P.A Parenteau tied the game late into regulation, helping the Colorado Avalanche rally for a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. Also the victory gave the Avalanche a 3-2 series lead. 

 

Parenteau scored with a 1:14 left in regulation after Coach Patrick Roy pulled goaltender Semyon Varlamov with 2:22 remaining. Nick Holden and Cody McLeod also added goals for the Avalanche.

 

Colorado generated some quality scoring chances and found more open ice in front of a capacity Pepsi Center crowd. The Avalanche outshot 78-34 in the last two games. The Avalanche's trouble on the power play kept on going as they went 0 for 3. They've now scored just one goal in 18 power-play chances. That is lowest percentage of any playoff team.

 

Colorado’s offense may get some help. They may soon have leading scorer Matt Duchene back in the lineup as he skated with the team Saturday morning. Duchene has been sidelined since hurting his left knee when he ran into a teammate against San Jose on March 29.

 

The series switches back to Minnesota for game 6 on Monday. The Avalanche hope to play better on the road since they dropped games3 and 4 in Minnesota. All the games have been close in scoring with three of the games going into overtime. Game 6 should not be any different.

 

Notes: Colorado has three players among the finalists for postseason awards: Nate MacKinnon (Calder), Ryan O'Reilly (Lady Byng) and Semyon Varlamov (Vezina). The winners will be announced June 24 .

 

The Wild were without suspended Forward Matt Cooke for a second game after his knee-on-knee hit knocked Avs D Tyson Barrie out for at least a month.

 

Elizabeth Lovato

Colorado Avalanche Correspondent

 

 

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