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WILD: What will it take to win Game 6?

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    Wes Walz on elimination pressure

    04/28/14: Wes Walz, a favorite former Wild player, weighs in on what it is like to prepare for a playoff game where elimination is on the line and how it affects the players.
    04/28/14: Wes Walz, a favorite former Wild player, weighs in on what it is like to prepare for a playoff game where elimination is on the line and how it affects the players.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The Minnesota Wild’s return to Colorado for Game 5 against the Avalanche proved fruitless in a late loss, bringing the Avalanche up 3-2 in the Western Conference First Round series.

'WE LOVE PLAYING HERE'

After overcoming a 2-game deficit and winning a pair at the X, Zach Parise reflected on returning to play at home again for a must-win Game 6.

“It’s kind of been that way around all the Western Conference this year. Both home crowds are loud, and I think a lot of it comes down to matchups, you get the players you want against the players you want and I think that has a lot to do with it, but speaking for us, our fans have been fantastic and we love playing here, it’s a good atmosphere,” Parise said.

“I would have to expect some nerves to creep in a little bit closer to game time. There’s going to be some butterflies for sure,” head coach Mike Yeo said after morning skate. “What we’re looking for is let’s just make sure we go all into this game.”

GRANLUND'S GOAL

After Mikael Granlund’s epic overtime goal last week, he’ll replace Charlie Coyle on the top power play.

“I feel that we’ve been a little bit stationary, a little bit stagnant on our power play, stuck on the one side. I think that we can use the whole zone a little bit more and obviously, [Granlund’s] puck distribution, getting him on the power play, getting him on the top unit. I think the way his game’s been, I feel pretty good that could be a good move for us," Yeo said.

GAME 5

The Avalanche pulled off a 4-3 overtime win at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night after the Wild overcame a 2-game deficit, winning a pair of matchups at the Xcel Energy Center before heading back to Colorado.

Parise and Kyle Brodziak each scored a goal within about 2 minutes of each other early in the third period to bring the Wild up 3-2, but PA Parenteau tied the game with 1:14 left in regulation and ultimately, rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored the final goal past Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper 3:27 into overtime.

The Avalanche are now up 3-2 in the best-of-7 series and will attempt to finish off the Wild in Game 6 at the Xcel Energy Center on Monday at 8 p.m. CT.

There will once again be a pre-game party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at gates 2 and 4 of Xcel Energy Center before the puck drops on Monday.

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