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Continued: Game 7 stage is set for Wild's Parise, Avs' MacKinnon

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 30, 2014 - 5:50 AM

The previous occasion? Jan. 30 in Denver.

“In that [Game 6] situation, your best player is going to be your best player,” Avs forward Ryan O’Reilly said. “He played phenomenal last game. He’s a great player, he skates well, he’s got an unbelievable stick and he works hard. He’s one of those guys that we have to be aware of when he’s on the ice at all times coming into Game 7.

“We have to make sure that he can’t get any momentum. We have to keep him down.”

Six games into this series, the Wild seems the deeper team. At even-strength, the Avs have not gotten a single point, let alone goal, from a forward on their bottom two lines.

That’s why shutting down Colorado’s first two lines will be critical Wednesday. The Avalanche got another threat, regular-season leading scorer Matt Duchene, back in Game 6. The Wild has discovered in all three road games how the skilled Avalanche can suddenly strike even when Minnesota has control of the game.

“It’s a very skilled group and they’ve played very well at home,” Yeo said. “We’ve had moments of all parts of three [road] games that have felt the way we wanted them to feel. So our challenge is to try to turn that into more of a 60-minute effort. If we can do that, then we give ourselves a great chance.”



 

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