Dallas’ 3-1 series lead over the Colorado Avalanche has evaporated. The second round series was evened thanks to a pair of decisive wins by the Avalanche on Monday and Wednesday. Coming back from a 3-1 lead is certainly rare, but Colorado was largely regarded as the favorite going into this series, so going into Game 7 it wouldn’t be surprising if people were looking to the Avalanche to pull through in the series finale despite Dallas’ earlier success.
That said, the health of the Avalanche will be a big X-Factor. The Avalanche have been missing goaltenders Philipp Grubauer, Pavel Francouz, defenseman Erik Johnson, and forwards Matt Calvert and Joonas Donskoi. On top of that, Gabriel Landeskog left Game 6 when he took teammate Cale Makar’s skate to the leg. He suffered the incident in the second period and while he attempted to return in the third frame, he left after just one shift. It’s not clear if Landeskog will be available for Friday's contest, but given the Avalanche’s overall health, Colorado will have a tough time pulling through in Game 7. Still, they’ve made it this far in spite of the injuries they’ve endured recently, so who knows.
Friday’s contest should be interesting to say the least.
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COLORADO 4 DALLAS 1 (Series tied 3-3)
Cale Makar scored the game-winning goal. It was his fourth goal and 15th point in 14 postseason contests.
Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and registered an assist for the Avalanche. He’s up to nine goals and 25 points in 14 playoffs games.
Dallas’ only goal was netted by Miro Heiskanen. He has five goals and 19 points in 15 playoffs contests.
Anton Khudobin stopped 20 of 23 Avalanche shots. He dropped to 7-5 with a 2.88 GAA and .909 save percentage in 13 contests.
At the other end of the ice, Michael Hutchinson saved 27 of 28 shots. He has a 2-0 record, 1.86 GAA, and .938 save percentage in three games.