Stars eliminate Avalanche with 2OT win in Game 6, reach West Final

Mikko Rantanen scored, and Georgiev made 36 saves for the Avalanche, who have been the No. 3 seed from the Central.

“It was tiring, there is no query,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar stated. “You possibly can see our vitality stage drop because the intervals went on, however our guys performed onerous. They performed onerous each shift and defended onerous.

“They seem to be a actually good staff. They’re disciplined. They’re deep. They received nice goaltending, [are] effectively coached. They received all the pieces that you could ask for in a staff. They seem to be a contender in my guide. It [stinks]. You set a lot right into a season as a gaggle and also you come up quick. It is by no means feeling.”

Rantanen gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 5:48 of the second interval on the ability play, roofing a wrist shot quick aspect over the shoulder of Oettinger from under the correct circle.

“It’s a kind of you’re feeling you performed effectively sufficient to win the sport and drive a Recreation 7, simply didn’t occur,” Zach Parise stated. “Just a bit little bit of shock when it ends abruptly like that. it takes a while to course of all the pieces, however simply robust method to finish.”

Benn tied it 1-1 at 1:56 of the third. He acquired a behind-the-back cross from Evgenii Dadonov in stride and stick-handled previous a sprawling Georgiev earlier than scoring on a backhand into the open web.

“We have performed with the lead rather a lot this sequence, after which we received examined right here a bit of bit being down,” Pavelski stated. “I feel the second interval, we weren’t nice and we have been form of cussed so far as placing pucks in and the way we would have liked to form of create. I feel within the third and the overtimes, we have been dedicated to doing it the correct method. And we tied this sport up by our forecheck, by creating some O-zone time.

“Only a nice play by [Tyler Seguin] and [Dadonov] and [Benn] to get us that one. It was a easy chip, driving the center. [Dadonov] makes an awesome play over and [Benn] finishes it. That was form of an enormous turning level for us. You would really feel the legs coming for everyone.”

NOTES: Duchene turned the fourth participant in Stars/Minnesota North Stars historical past to attain the series-clinching objective in a sport that required a number of overtimes, becoming a member of Brenden Morrow (fourth time beyond regulation in Recreation 6 of 2008 Western Convention Semi-Remaining in opposition to the San Jose Sharks), Brett Hull (third time beyond regulation in Recreation 6 of 1999 Stanley Cup Remaining on the Buffalo Sabres) and Joe Nieuwendyk (third time beyond regulation in Recreation 4 of 1999 Western Convention Quarter-Remaining at Edmonton). …. DeBoer earned his seventeenth sequence win, which is tied for the second most amongst lively head coaches. Solely Jon Cooper (18) has extra.