KUSA - Colorado didn't lose to Minnesota in Game 6 to be in this spot. They beat teams like St. Louis, Chicago and San Jose over the course of the season for this moment to happen.
The Avalanche earned the right to play Game 7 on home ice by how they performed throughout the regular season.
"We fought all year to be in that position if there was to be a game 7 and it's in our building, in front of our fans. I think it's going to be exciting," Roy asserted following their 5-2 loss to the Wild. Colorado could have clinched the series and moved on – and despite playing of their best periods in the third they will still need to win Wednesday to advance.
"It's going to be a great experience and I'm sure our players are excited about it," he continued.
With 112 points, tying a franchise mark for wins with 52 and chasing down the Blues for the Central Division title, Colorado controlled their advantage for home ice. They repeatedly talked about this distinct possibility leading up to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Playing in front of their fans may not be a factor early in a series, but if it does continue on, then playing at the Pepsi Center could be the ultimate difference.
Roy knows this all too well through his personal experience. As a player he did not recall a time he won a game 7 away from home.
"When the home team is playing solid hockey and fans so it's tough to win game 7 on the road," the head coach confided. "I'd much rather have it at home."
The decisive game 7 – at home – is exactly what the Avalanche have been playing for all along. Now it's here.