ST.PAUL, Minn – Home teams carried on their winning ways as the Minnesota Wild won their third home of the series by a 5-2 score over the Avalanche to send the series to a seventh and deciding game back in Denver. The Wild will hope to break the home team’s win streak and move on.
Darcy Kuemper wasn’t overly busy but made the key saves at the right times as he made 21 for the win and has now given the Wild a chance to play a seventh game.
Semyon Varlamov made 18 saves on 21 shots in the loss and will look to bounce back on home ice in the deciding game.
Minnesota got a huge game from Zach Parise as he came through big time with two goals and two assists for a four-point night and was named the game’s first star.
“These games are fun to contribute, but when we [Parise and Wild defenseman Ryan Suter] signed here, we didn’t sign here to win a first-round game,” Parise said. “We look at the big picture, but we were able to force a Game 7. That’s what we wanted to do when we skated [Monday] morning, and we did it. We’ve gotta get a win in Denver.”
The Wild also got goals from Mikael Granlund , Jason Pominville , Marco Scandella , the last two goals were empty netters as Avs coach Patrick Roy had his net empty for the final 3 minutes.
“I felt like I had an extra jump,” Parise said. “I just felt like I was making some good plays when I had the puck on my stick and it’s one of those nights when you just want to keep touching it, keep having the puck. I had a couple of fortunate bounces, off my leg on the first and the tip on the second.”
The Wild felt like they needed to pot those empty-netters to get the win.
“After the second one, we knew we had it,” Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu said. “We saw what happened in Dallas and there was still about a minute and a half to go after the first one, so we knew we had to bear down and play well defensively. I thought we did that.”
Colorado got goals from Paul Stastny and Nick Holden .
The Avalanche got a boost as they welcomed back Matt Duchene into the lineup after he missed the opening five with a lower body injury and he played just under nineteen minutes and did not look rusty at all.
“It’s a start, I guess,” Duchene said. “You gotta learn to trust an injury like that, coming back. As the game went on I got more confident with it. There’s still a long ways to go, but next game is Game 7, you lay it all on the line.”
The Wild took the physical play edge against the speedy skilled Avalanche and out hit them 32-18 . They will have to play the same way in game seven if they want to break the home winning streak in this series.
“We fought all year to be in this position, if there was a Game 7,” Roy said. “It’s in our building in front of our fans. I think it’s exciting. It’s great for our team. It’s going to be a great experience.”http://
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