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Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild during the first period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 28, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Parise Lifts Wild Past Avs 5-2, To Tie Series At 3

Zach Parise scored early and late on tipped shots, and the Minnesota Wild tacked on two empty-net goals for a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night that sent the first-round playoff series to a decisive Game 7.

04/28/2014

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Avalanche Push Wild To Elimination Situation

Twice in the first five games, the Minnesota Wild have been less than 75 seconds away from a victory on the road that has been so rare in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs this year.

04/27/2014

Colorado Avalanche v Minnesota Wild - Game Four

Avalanche Fall To Wild In Game 4, Series Now Even

Charlie Coyle scored his third goal of the series for Minnesota, and the Wild dominated the Colorado Avalanche for the second straight game on their way to a 2-1 win Thursday night that evened the first-round matchup at two apiece.

04/24/2014

Mikael Granlund #64 of the Minnesota Wild shoots the puck as teammate Zach Parise #11 looks on along with Semyon Varlamov #1 and Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche during overtime in Game Three of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 21, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Wild Take Game 3 With 1-0 OT Win Over The Avs

Mikael Granlund’s diving swing at his own rebound 5:08 into overtime gave the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 on Monday to pull within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

04/21/2014

Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Wild 4-2 to take a 2-0 game lead in the series.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

MacKinnon, Landeskog & Stastny Too Fast For Minnesota

Nathan MacKinnon and his equally skilled Colorado linemates Gabe Landeskog and Paul Stastny were too fast for Minnesota in the first two games.

04/20/2014

Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his goal along with Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche against the Minnesota Wild to tie the score 1-1 in the first period of Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 19, 2014. (credit: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

MacKinnon Helps Avs To Game 2 Win Over Wild

Nathan MacKinnon delivered another stellar performance for the Colorado Avalanche, scoring his first NHL postseason goal and dishing out three assists in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

04/20/2014

Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against Stephane Veilleux #19 of the Minnesota Wild in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 17, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Wild 5-4 in overtime to take a 1-0 game advantage in the series.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Erik Johnson Rescues Avs With Big Save Against Wild

Erik Johnson saved the night for Colorado with his quick feet and thinking.The defenseman raced from the blue line to the goal line and swatted away a puck shy of sliding in for a game-sealing, empty-net goal by Minnesota late in regulation.

04/18/2014

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Nuggets’ Ty Lawson Posts Celebration Video After Avs’ Unbelievable Win

When Paul Stastny scored the game winner in overtime at the Pepsi Center to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, the whole arena erupted, which included Denver Nuggets star point guard Ty Lawson.

04/18/2014

Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche scores a goal against Jonas Brodin #25 and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Minnesota Wild in the first period in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 17, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Stastny Leads Avs To 5-4 OT Win Over Wild

Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.

04/17/2014

Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche smiles as he skates back to the bench after Paul Stastny #26 (not pictured) scored against the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game at Rexall Place on April 8, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Avalanche Back In Playoffs, Focus On Wild

As the season went along and the Colorado Avalanche kept winning and winning, they broadened their ambitions: From simply making the playoffs to accumulating 100 points to capturing a division title.

04/14/2014

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