Colorado Avalanche Rally from 3-1 hole, force game 7 against Dallas | Sports coverage

We’re going to game 7.

Cale Makar scored the winning goal and Colorado gradually prevailed in Wednesday’s 4-1 win.

The Avalanche was the first team this postseason to force a Game 7.

In the only goal of the second half, Samuel Girard’s shot was blocked from above. Mikko Rantanen located the puck and tapped it on Makar, who pushed it to the top right corner.

Michael Hutchinson, Colorado’s third goalkeeper, made 27 saves in his second straight win. Coach Jared Bednar reiterated that the 30-year-old journeyman, who had never appeared in a playoff game before, is easy to cheer on.

“It’s amazing for him that he can do what he did for us in the last few games and he deserves all the credit,” said Bednar.

“It’s an exciting time. Hopefully he can repeat his performance (in game 7). “

The avalanche got Bednar’s message that she should stay out of the penalty area. Ian Cole caught a Dallas star with a high stick and had just over seven minutes left, leading to Dallas’ first and only power game.

However, the special teams were far from perfect. The Colorado power game came up short and ended 0-5. The unit has not scored a goal in 11 attempts.

The Avalanche didn’t hum like it did at the start of Game 5, but had time to settle in as neither team dominated the first period. Dallas struck first when Miro Heiskanen fired a shot into the net that fluttered over Hutchinson’s glove.

Less than two minutes later, Colorado received a response from Nikita Zadorov. He sent a long shot off the post and in while JT Compher was pushed into Anton Khudobin (20 saves).

In the third phase, Nathan MacKinnon orchestrated an insurance target and sent a pass that shot a Diving Stars defender in the face. It landed on Rantanen’s stick.

Once undisciplined and mentally fragile, Makar said the team’s mindset has changed in the last two playoffs.

“We have a team that will fight for the end here,” said Makar.

MacKinnon later added a blank-nice. He has one point (nine goals, 16 assists) in all 14 Colorado playoff games. The last player to score 25 points in his first 14 playoff games of a season was Wayne Gretzky in 1993.

Hutchinson saved best when the game was goalless. He dived, threw out a leg pad and pushed the puck down to refuse Radek Faksa. He later stared at Jamie Oleksiak while maintaining the late lead.

Colorado has few defenders after Erik Johnson went down in Game 1. His successor, Conor Timmins, was injured on Wednesday and did not return. Gabriel Landeskog appeared to catch the villain skate blade of one of his teammates, but reappeared in the middle of the third.

The crucial game is Friday in Edmonton, Alberta. The time has not yet been announced.

“It will be the toughest game for us to win,” said MacKinnon. “I think we gave our team some momentum.

“At the moment we either win or learn. That’s the key. We’re looking for the same effort, the same responsibility, but a slightly better start tonight. “

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