The Minnesota Wild were riding a high wave into Game 5 with the Colorado Avalanche as they were hot off of two straight wins and had tied the series 2-2. But that wave they were riding crashed hard in Denver and resulted in the Avalanche coming from behind to win and push Minnesota to the brink of elimination.
It was a heartbreaking game for the Wild who fought back against the Avs all game long and even picked up a go-ahead goal in the third period. But much like their Game 1 loss, the Wild were done in by the gutsy coaching of Patrick Roy who pulled his goalie with over two minutes left and got his team the boost they needed to tie the game.
The goal came on a controversial series of events that saw the referees gift the Avs with two non-calls. The first came on an obvious hold on Charlie Coyle and the second was an obvious offsides call that was bluntly missed and resulted in a goal for the Avs.
Regardless of how much help the Avs got, the Wild nearly pulled out the win and return to Minnesota for Game 6 with a lot of hope that they can extend the series to a seventh game next week.