MacKinnon puts Avs on the brink

One. More. Win.

The Avalanche have Minnesota on the brink of elimination after Nathan MacKinnon's first career playoff overtime winner.

"I didn't really pick a corner I just kind of fired it on net and thankfully it managed to get over his glove. Definitely the most exciting goal of my career," said MacKinnon who finished with three points int he game and leads the NHL with 10 post-season points.

"We knew when we drafted him what kind of player we were drafting," said head coach Patrick Roy about MacKinnon. "He had a solid game for us tonight."

The 18-year-old rookie's heroics wouldn't have been possible without yet another last minute comeback. This team almost enjoys playing with the goalie on the bench.

"It's almost like teams start shaking a little bit and they start getting a little nervous once they're up a goal going in to the last 10 minutes of the third," said Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog.

Paul Stastny did it in game one with six on five advantage, scoring in the final seconds and then again in overtime to complete the comeback,

With the goalie pulled in game five it was P.A. Parenteau netting the equalizer and sending the game to OT.

"Felt great," said Parenteau. "Felt like I had a few chances today and was all over the net. Finally got one in and that was a big one after trailing 3-2 like that we were a little bit deflated. It was a huge goal for our team"

These heart pounding finishes are exciting. But not necessarily the way the Avs want to win.

"Feel bad for the fans having to sweat this one out and numerous ones as well," said Landeskog. "But it doesn't matter how, just that we did it."

Do it again on Monday, in any fashion, and the Avalanche advance to the Western Conference semifinals.


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