“In terms of belief, we have no choice. We’re just trying to get Game 5, and go from there,” Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon said after a 5-4 loss to Dallas by 3 Won the series by 1. Colorado faces a potential playoff exit on Monday night in Edmonton, Alberta.
Colorado returned to the series with a 6-4 win in Game 3 on Wednesday night. But the Avalanche was hockey’s worst time since entering the bubble to start the next game. Dallas scored three times in the first 10 minutes, 45 seconds into Sunday’s first period, goals from John Klingberg and then Radeck Faksa and Jamie Bennon on the power play. By the time 1:34 left for the first time, the Avalanche was held without a shot on goal.
“With a few days off, we wanted to come out and set the tone. We did what we had to do in the first 20 minutes,” referring to a two-day break at the playoffs after the players were out of the game. Hui Benne said to focus on issues of racial violence and injustice.
Colorado captain Gabriel Landskog said, “They came out hard. They earned their bounce. Suddenly we were down 3-0.” “We got better as the game wore on. But getting down in the hole didn’t help us.”
The Avalanche played a mistake-filled hockey in the opening round, failing to catch goalkeeper Pavel Frankos to Faksa. Coach Jared Bednar said he did not see the beginnings of manual scavenging.
“We were calm [before the game] But we were calm before the last game. It seemed that we had a really good focus. I think Dallas came out and was physically busy. And then the punishment gave him life, ”he said.
But one series has seen an aggressive surge from both teams, with the second-time Avalanche coming back into the game with goals from Valerie Nikushkin and Kale Makar. However, the Stars bounced back in the third period on a power-play goal by Roop-Sanket and only 32 seconds later scored an unbeaten goal by Denis Gurianov – after a brutal turnover by Makar to the back of his own net.
“It happens. It happens during the game and it happens during the career. S — happens. That’s what it is all about,” Landskog said of his rogue defenseman.
McKinnon called the Stars’ fourth goal for their team “deflating”.
The Avalanche scored twice in the third period, including a 6-on-5 goal with 4 seconds left in the game, but fell short and now ended.
“It’s hockey. The pace changes. It happens. We have to find a way to stop the bleeding when they score that first one. Then the second. [it’s] They do not get three. This is the game for you, “Landskog said.” The series is not over. We are going to be ready for Game 5. ”
Bednar said that despite being drawn on Sunday after scoring five goals on 26 shots, Bednar gave no indication that he would not return in Game 5. “He’ll be better,” Bedern said, “and we know he can be better.”
But the coach’s hand is forced here with his goal, as starter Philippe Grubauer remains out of the series, leaving him with fewer injuries than he was hurt in Game 1. Much as he was in the regular season, he was hurt by avalanche injuries. The series is missing for Matt Calvert and Junus Donskoi and defenseman Eric Johnson, as well as Grubauer.
Bedi said, “They are not ready. They are not an option for us. We are not going to play injured players who cannot play. We have what we have.” “We have to find a way without them.”
Above all, the Avalanche will have to find a way to keep the puck out of their net. Dallas has scored 19 goals in three matches of this series, and has 26 goals in its last five postson games.
Landskog said, “They score in a bunch right now. They are very opportunistic. Apparently, some of them are on us. When they get one, they get two or three. We have to limit it. ” If they do not, the Stanley Cup favorites of the previous round will not advance past this round.