Wild to face elimination game on Monday

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Twice in five games, the Minnesota Wild have been less than 75 seconds from a victory on the road.

Both times, the Colorado Avalanche got the tying goal late in regulation before winning in overtime.

"We are obviously giving ourselves a chance each night," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "I feel pretty darn good that we are going to come with a really strong effort in Game 6 and that's going to be our only focus right now."

Now the Wild are facing an elimination situation, with the Avalanche visiting for Game 6 on Monday and leading the first-round playoff series 3-2.

"We said we had to win one (in Denver). It wasn't (Game 5) so it guess it's gotta be Game 7," said Wild forward Zach Parise.

If the Wild are not able to ignore the what-if feelings of frustration from those narrow losses, they'll be in trouble against an Avalanche team that perked up on Saturday after consecutive flat performances in Games 3 and 4.

But being on the edge might work in the Wild's favor.

"We've had our backs up against the walls before and we've come out and played the way we needed to play like in Game 3 and Game 4," said Ryan Suter. "So, hopefully we come out with that same effort."

It's clear both players and coaches are aware of what Monday's game means.

"I hope the we are ready to bring it (on Monday) because I want the opportunity to see if we can bring it in a Game 7 in their building," said Yeo.

The puck will drop at 8 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center on Monday night. Join KARE 11 for an online chat during the game at KARE11.com.


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