The Colorado Avalanche were sitting pretty after the first two games of their series against the Minnesota Wild but after playing two games in Minnesota, the Avs have now allowed that two game lead to evaporate and the series is tied.
A lot of credit needs to go to Minnesota netminder Darcey Kemper, who allowed just a single goal in the win and was a brick wall when he needed to be down the stretch of the third period. Much like Patrick Roy did successfully in Game 1, he pulled Semyon Varlamov with over two minutes left to go in the game and rushed the Wild net for the entire time.
But while the rushing worked in Game 1, the Avs couldn’t get a goal in the final minutes of the game and the Wild put up perhaps the best and most impressive defensive stand we’ve seen all postseason long. Up by just a single goal, the Wild went on the penalty kill with just over a minute left and had to defend their goal and down a stick as one man lost his and the Wild had just three on the ice.
But no matter the uphill battle they faced, the Wild came out ahead and have now tied the series 2-2. Things head back to Colorado for Game 4 and this series went from being in Avalanche control to being a complete and total toss up.