In Game 7, Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars end the series in appropriately dramatic sports coverage

Unfortunately, the “bizarre” round two streak between the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars has to end one way or another.

Both teams face the same hurdle that they did not overcome last year: Game 7 of the conference semifinals.

“I think we’re a year older, a year more mature,” said defender Ian Cole. “I think we’ve added some big pieces to our team and I think our ability to withstand these fluctuations in momentum has improved.”

It was absolutely necessary. The Avalanche allowed the stars to set the tone early and then fought their way to a series tie. They have never won a series where they were 3-1 behind, but that could change on Friday.

The rally has given the avalanche some of its bragging rights. Cole said that there is a dynamic in a series or a game.

“I think anyone who would say otherwise was not on the ice if your team only scores three goals in a row,” said Cole.

Avalanche trainer Jared Bednar tried, at least in this round, to tone down the conversation about it.

“I don’t think this is a series where you put a lot of momentum into the next game,” said Bednar. “… It all depends on tomorrow night’s execution.

“For us it is the wrong approach for a team to believe that we have won the last couple of games where we have earned something.”

Joe Pavelski scored the first goal for the San Jose Sharks in their 3-2 win in Game 7 against Colorado last season. He tries to send the avalanche back home, this time with the stars.

Production from her top line has fallen, but Miro Heiskanen has 2 goals and 5 assists and only follows a pair of Avs, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, in the playoff points.

Speaking of avalanche, you carried on as a player after the player left, and now even two of the substitutions for Game 7 are in question. Third-string goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson, who has been on the net for both potential playoffs, seems secure in his role instead of the unplayable Pavel Francouz. Defender Conor Timmins was injured in a game 6 hit and Bednar said he would make a game-time decision along with captain Gabriel Landeskog, who was injured by a blade but returned on Wednesday.

A franchise business will go further than it will in more than a decade. The last final of the conference in Dallas took place in 2008. Colorado last made it in 2002, also the year it won its last Game 7.

The Stars’ only two wins in Game 7 since moving was against Colorado, the latter in 2000. They have lost three since then.

“They’ll come out hard, they’ll push us, they’ll try to win,” said Cole. “It is our job to withstand this and turn the tide.”

Striker Nazem Kadri reiterated the importance of staying even in a streak averaging eight goals per game.

“It was a bit of a bizarre series,” said Kadri. “We lost 3-1, now we’re going to watch a game 7.

“We’ll be ready to play. We are definitely looking forward to it. “

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