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Zach Attack: Parise the hero as Wild force Game 7

Apr 28, 2014, 11:53 PM EDT

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Nights like these are why Minnesota paid Zach Parise the big bucks.

The Wild alternate captain was in on four goals in Monday’s 5-2 win over Colorado, notching a pair of assists and scoring twice — including the game-winner — to help his club stave off elimination and force Game 7 on Wednesday in Colorado.

It was easily Parise’s biggest performance in his two seasons with the Wild. Facing a win-or-go-home scenario, he opened the scoring just 49 seconds in, tipping home a Ryan Suter point shot to give Minnesota just its third power play goal of the series.

Just under nine mutes later, Parise was at it again, registering an assist on Mikael Granlund‘s second goal of the playoffs to give the Wild a comfortable 2-0 lead — well, about as comfortable as a lead can be in these playoffs.

As has been the case throughout this series and many others, a two-goal advantage didn’t prove to be worth much. The Avs stormed back with a shorthanded marker by Paul Stastny — his fourth goal of the series — a goal that really seemed to shift momentum. It came just as the Wild frittered away a 5-on-3 man advantage and the spark carried over to the second period, when Nick Holden scored a power play marker less than five minutes in to even the score at two.

From there, things tightened up and the possibility of a fourth overtime game between the two appeared likely — until Parise decided otherwise.

With less than seven minutes remaining, the 13-year, $98 million man once again went to the hard area and was rewarded, tipping home another point shot (this one from captain Mikko Koivu) to notch what proved to be the game-winner.

Parise then assisted on the first of two empty netters — Jason Pominville‘s first of the postseason — before Marco Scandella added a second into the yawning cage to make it 5-2.

As mentioned above, the first and possibly only Game 7 of the opening playoff round will go Wednesday in Colorado. Given that the home team has won every game this series, the Avs have to be confident — but that said, the Wild will be riding high after emerging victorious in their first elimination game of the year.

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  1. slickvb82 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Where are all the haters saying Parise isn’t worth his contract? He proved tonight he is! What a great game though, all around, fun game to watch! Only fitting this series goes to game 7!!!!

    Lets do this!! GO WILD!!!

    • credible316 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      Worth every penny.

      • tru2joelu4eva - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        right. big night at home to force game seven in the quarterfinals. 11 million dollars well spent. why don’t we just start calling this guy ovechkin west?

      • mp1131211 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        Totally worth every penny!

      • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:11 AM

        tru2joelu4eva,

        You’re just proving to be another ignorant Avs fan. To compare Parise and Ovechkin shows us how much you know about hockey. And $98 million over 13 years is actually 7.5 million a year, so that goes to show us you’re not just an idiot about hockey. Thank you for the evidence buddy.

      • credible316 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        @tru2joelu4eva…and we’ll just call you clueless

      • tru2joelu4eva - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        7.5 mil is the average. 2013-2014 nhl salary is 11 million dollars.

        http://capgeek.com/player/773

      • tru2joelu4eva - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        @mp1131211 has the right idea!

        come on boys, it’s all in good fun! this has been a great series for both teams

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:36 AM

        Yeah? Is Parise worth more than TWO Pominville’s to you? That’s what he’s paid. If so–better keep the day job. I would trade Poms even-up for Parise. And Suter? These are probably the two worst games I’ve seen from him back-to-back in a Wild sweater… His minutes are starting to finally show…

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:41 AM

        Correction: WOULDN’T–wouldn’t trade Pominville for Parise even up.

    • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      I’m thrilled that the Wild won and Parise had a good game–but actually Parise is making $12M this season. So is Suter. The reality is–they’re both a poor value at that cost. Koivu makes less–but peaked two years ago and is also a very poor value at the $6.75M he makes. He desperately needs to be traded this off-season before he declines further and can’t generate anything in trade. Pominville @ $5.5M/year is not only the best value, but also the best overall player on the team. He either scores or is the primary assist on most every vital goal the team scores… Clutch.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:04 AM

        Blah blah blah……….

      • slickvb82 - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:45 AM

        You are so wrong. Speaking strictly in terms of value and statistics, yes you could make the argument that Poms is a better value. Parise had 56 points – 29 G & 27 A, Poms had 60 pts – 30 G & 30A. To say he is our best overall player is not only crazy, its stupid. And to put the word “clutch” in there, after Parise had a 4 pt night, 10 pts total this series? Ludicrous. He’s the only player in the league who has a point in each of his teams playoff games. *Thats clutch, my friend.

        He is hands down our best player – work ethic, speed, hands, board play, all 3 zones. He is all over the place and I would guarantee almost every Wild fan would agree with me.

      • lbeezyse - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        I like Pommer, but his lazy D-play led to the trying goal in game 5. He doesn’t play a particularly strong defensive game and both Parise and Koivu do.

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        One game doesn’t make a playoff superstar. One goal for Parise in the series prior to last night (set up on a beautiful pass from who? Pominville.) The knock on Parise in his whole career with the Devils was that he would never show up in the playoffs and that’s why most Devil’s fan weren’t so sad to see him go. The series last year against the Hawks was just another example…

        He’s a very good player–more of a blue-collar, high-effort garbage goal scrapper in front of the net. I’m glad the Wild have him, but anyone who would argue that he’s anything resembling a good value at $12M this season when a guy like Pommer, who does WAY more to make the other’s around him better, led the team in scoring and is paid less than HALF–gets my laugh of the day… :) Beyond that, Pommer has a better shot, is a faster skater and better defensively. Why do you think they put him on the point in the top PP unit, for example?

        Reggie Jackson used to say he was the *straw the stirred the drink.* He was right. Parise is NOT that…but that’s what he’s paid like… I’d take two Pommer’s all day long over one Parise. No brainer.

      • jimmydeedub - Apr 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        “Beyond that, Pommer has a better shot, is a faster skater and better defensively. Why do you think they put him on the point in the top PP unit, for example?”

        You don’t watch many Wild games…do you…

        Parise is AT LEAST 2 steps faster than Pominville. Not only faster, but more agile and could literally skate circles around him.

        The 1 and ONLY reason Pominville is on the point on our 1st PP is his shot (it’s cliche but he really does have a howitzer). It’s not his defensive game, not his skating “ability” and definitely not his vision…

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Well, at least you’re clued in enough, Jimmydub, to know that Pominville has a better shot…so 1 out of 4 for you probably isn’t bad… I mean–the shot–that’s blatantly obvious–I know…and the other things take a little more insight to see–but you just keep watching and observing–and try to look deeper than whom the Wild puts front/center in their marketing campaign to put butts in seats and sell $6 hot dogs…

        Actually your claim that Parise has better vision is my favorite… That’s another area of superiority for Pominville that is as blatant as he shot. Just ask Vanek or even Parise himself about that…

      • slickvb82 - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        Wow. Clarke16 you know absolutely nothing about hockey, I’m not even sure why I’m wasting my time writing this. First off, you’re knocking Parise for his one goal prior to this game but Poms has ONE goal so far too. You could argue Koivu has had a stronger offensive playoff than Pom. And just so you know, Parise is now tied for the most points in the playoffs, don’t bring up he doesn’t show up in the playoffs.

        Second, Pommer is not faster, there’s no chance. Hs defense is absolutely not better, why do you think Parise plays on the PK and last couple minutes of the game. And “why do they put Pommer on the top PP unit”….which Parise is on as well ;). Thats because he’s the only right handed shot on the PP unit….c’mon man.

        You know what, this is stupid. I’m wasting my time.

    • gnashty - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      I was happy when Parise left New Jersey. Also that one announcer sounds exactly like Ryan Reynolds.

      • lordfletcher - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        Can’t beleive this is an actual argument.

        Parise and Suter were and are worth every penny because without them, realistically, the Wild would not have made the playoffs last year and this year. MN wanted playoff hockey, now have it, thanks Leipold and Fletcher!!!!

        the contracts will only start to hurt in about 8-10 years… can live with that

  2. lordfletcher - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Oh baby. Let’s go Wild. House was rocking.

    Pepsi center good luck matching that

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:15 AM

      I’ve never (and will probably never again) hear a crowd cheer so loudly for an empty net goal! :)

      • lordfletcher - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        I also retract everything I said about Yeo. He has the boys playing great after game 1 and 5 … and himself is becoming a leader. Shows he has what it takes as a head coach of this team moving forward.

        I was wrong about Yeo. (eating crow) …… but I still like Trotz :)

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Good man, Lord. I tip my hat to you for man-ing up about Yeo… The sign of a good coach (or leader) isn’t necessarily how great things go when the sun is high in the sky and there are smiles all around–it’s when the clouds gather overhead and the storm draws near. Yeo is learning as he goes–but he growing as he learns. He’s gonna be a fine coach in this league for many years to come…and Fletcher shows once again–he get’s it.

  3. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Hats off to the Avs tonight! What a game on both sides of the puck! On to Denver boys!! GO WILD!!!

  4. credible316 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    SUCK IT TRABEK!!!!!

  5. jaythehelmetguy - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    That’s what I call a full game. Now all we need is some game 7 magic

  6. nodindenver - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Our house Wednesday night; see you then!

    • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      Good game tonight. Can’t wait to see you there. Go Wild!

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:07 AM

        Avs played maybe their best period of the series in the second, which Roy also stated in the post game. Wild didnt dominate the way they had in the previous home games but finally got the bounces. Good game overall and cant wait to witness the first road win of the series in game 7.

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:59 AM

        The 2nd period was way more about a breakdown in the Wild’s breakout of their own zone and play in the neutral zone than anything having to due with the Avs doing anything exceptional. Roy calling it the best period the Avs have played in the series has nothing to do with truth and has everything to do with a coach trying to find some shine to build from for game 7 off the stank wagon they left town on…

      • mp1131211 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        Clarke is right. And Wild backed off Mackinnon and gave him legs in the neutral.

      • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        I don’t understand why they give him any space, his speed is his best weapon. The 2nd period was extremely frustrating to watch, it seemed like the Wild were getting suckered into the Avs game.

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        The Wild have shown a troubling tendency that you often see with young, emerging, unseasoned teams, tved… They rock their game and get a couple of goals up–then relax and play like they’ve got their bagful of birds…

        When you go up two goal in the playoffs–rather than relax–you’ve got to ramp it even more because you just jabbed a stick into the bear on the other side. This is playoff hockey. No one is going to lay down.

      • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        That’s a great point, they certainly do have trouble holding the lead. I mean, they looked so fricken good to start the game last night, then that egg in the 2nd period!

        I understand that they don’t want to get burned with an odd man rush when a d-man is pinching, but it does seem they let off the gas entirely. The forecheck is what I notice most. Guys like Coyle who are so good at playing in the corners normally, then they’re just non existent for portions.

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        That’s dead on. The forecheck in the second period was little more than a half-assed swing of the stick. They weren’t moving their feet and they certainly weren’t taking the man–let alone finishing their checks. Niederreiter was the player who woke this team up and pulled them out of the funk. Best game for him in the series…and thank God. The way to beat the Avs is simple. Push them to the walls and HIT THEM. The Wild have literally blown them up every period they have executed on this. Losing Cookie hurt–because that Cooke’s game–but I expect the Wild to win this next game in Denver–and it’ll be by more than one goal…

    • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:26 AM

      The other thing is Roy showed what a rookie coach he is by not putting his goaltender back in until after the Wild scored their 2nd empty-net goal. Unbelievably senseless to put his team in an additionally demoralizing state like that just prior to the deciding game. Long flight back to Denver.

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:27 AM

        I’d have to disagree with you there. It certainly wasn’t the first time I’ve seen a coach keep the goalie pulled after scoring an empty netter. The Av’s still had 1.30 left and it only takes seconds to score a goal; unlikely, yes, but not inconceivable. I also don’t think that the Wild getting 2 EN goals rather than 1 is going to make much of a difference to the Av’s morale; either way it was a bummer.

        That said, I wouldn’t complain if that proved to be the undoing to the Av’s game (but I seriously doubt it).

        Looking forward to a great game on Weds. Go Wild!!

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        After Pommer scored the EN goal to go 2 up with a minute left–as a coach you have to start immediately looking at the next game. This is the time to send out any troops you’d like to have deliver the other team a message and above all–you try to do everything you can to minimize the damage from the loss while trying to create something, ANYTHING positive to grab hold of on the plane ride home. What that means is–you DON’T WANT to hear that foghorn blasting in your team’s ears and that unbelievable crowd lifting the roof off the place yet again…

        The biggest part of hockey is played right between the ears… Rookie coach. He’ll learn.

      • tved12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Maybe Roy was trying to do just that, give them a spark for Wed. game. It’s not hard to believe that they Avs could have scored with the goalie pulled after the Wild went up 4-2, maybe that’s what Roy was banking on. I mean, the entire series the Wild haven’t even been able to clear the puck, much less score with the EN. And you have to admit, 9 times out of 10 Scandella gets an icing on that puck, not a goal.

        Not complaining though, I loved it!

  7. hardkor07mn - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    What a game/series! It’s really to bad one of these teams has to go home Wednesday night.
    GO WILD!!!!!

  8. mp1131211 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Dear God, if you let the Wild wipe the floor with the Avs in Denver, I swear I will start believing in you.

    • credible316 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Amen?!

      • mp1131211 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        lol… Exactly. I almost wrote “I swear to god I will believe in you.”

    • guitarisgood4u - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Hockey Gods.

  9. TBaySlim - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    avs cup no where to be found…. shocking

    • mp1131211 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      not shocking… at all. He’s been trash talking all day on the comments from two days ago and all of a sudden…. silent….

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      again, probably busy getting the dan cleaned

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      wooops dont know what happened there…..as I was saying prob just getting the sand cleaned out her va j j

      • bethgoesglobal - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:33 AM

        Well that’s an unnecessary comment. Real classy.

      • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Just ignore this guy….

  10. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Let me be the first to say THANK YOU for not sticking some 30 second ad right at the start of that clip. It usually goes unnoticed but I appreciate that quite a bit.

    • guitarisgood4u - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:22 AM

      I was not so lucky

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:23 AM

        Bummer dude. Then again, it might be because I have adblock.

  11. guitarisgood4u - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Anyone else watching the fans behind jamie hersch and keving gorg right now? At first I thought they were chanting “WE WANT THE CUP!” but then I realized it was “FREE MATT COOKE!”

    • edinatherealhockeytownusa - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      #free Matt Cooke

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:11 AM

        hash oil free matt cooke

  12. hardkor07mn - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Guitars- I heard it too. Did you see the sign the guy was holding?

    • guitarisgood4u - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Let’s Cooke them?

      • guitarisgood4u - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        I’m sure there’s a few Avs fans and general Matt Cooke haters out there that would interpret that as blow out their knees and give them diseases.
        I assure you, it was meant as a pun.

  13. edinatherealhockeytownusa - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Zack attack is back Bacon-n-av’s. Deja Vu, game 7 at the Can. Who’s with me…two and row for Mike Yeo

    • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      Actually, it was Niederreiter who almost single-handedly pulled this team from it’s horrible 2nd period slump and fueled the spark that led to the W. He did a great job with Matt Cook’s role tonight… Huge.

  14. clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Nice they forced the deciding game–but let’s face it, until one of these teams can win a game in the other team’s building, they’re just tomorrow’s lunch for the next team who can… Wild moving in the right direction…

  15. strictlythedanks - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Where that bitter devils fan 95000nutcups?

    • credible316 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Somewhere in a tanning booth.

  16. rgledz - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Avscup proves what kind of fan he is once again. Talks smack endlessly when his team “wins” like they did in game 5, then when his team gets beat he’s notoriously absent. What a joke of a fan. No accountability, no objectivity, just a total garbage dumpster spewing garbage at every turn. Game 7 should be a blast, this series deserves the full 7. Go Wild!!

  17. blkeskimo1785 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Holy crap! Game 7…where anything can happen. Go Avs!

  18. jernster21 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Bring on game 7 at home!

  19. blkeskimo1785 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Regardless of the outcome, especially if the Wild play a complete game in Denver, I’m proud of the Avalanche. To me, this divisional win was quite improbable. They have a lot of talent, a lot of scoring depth, a lot going for them. Their defense could use some work, but overall they’ll be a contender for years to come.

    • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      Decent young team with lots of potential making a great year over year leap in performance–but make no mistake, take away your goalie–and you’ve already lost this series in 5…

      • mp1131211 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        True, but they were without Duchene. That’s a big deal.

      • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Take away Parise and this series is over in four….

        What kind of a dumb ass coment was that?

      • lbeezyse - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Duchene played last night and being at the game I hardly noticed him. It was easy to notice Landeskog and MacKinnon. I know Duch is good, but make no mistake, no single player can turn the entire series like that. The Wild has the depth to play with Parise sidelined. We did it this year and won a majority of the games he was out. To take this further, if the Wild weren’t playing both the refs and Avs the series would be over in 6. I agree with Clarke that Varly is the sole reason the Avs are where they are. He has been phenominal this season and series. If he is this good next year and beyond (don’t count on it) the Avs will be a real force when they get a worthy D-corps.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      Indeed. The Avs are back.

  20. endusersolutions2013 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Wild go back to Denver knowing how close they were in games 1 and 5, and thus confident that they can win.

  21. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Clark16 is an idiot!

  22. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Rambles on about things he has no idea of!!

    • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      in case you haven’t been reading during this series, Clarke is probably the BEST player to ever touch the ice in Minnesota…and his only real response to anything is “you obviously have never played hockey…” blah blah blah….

      What a series!

      • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        I agree that Clarke can throw out the, “you obviously have never played hockey…” too often, but have you seen Avscup’s posts? He was literally bragging about his HS and college hockey days, but not giving out any of the credentials. I’ve never seen Clarke claim he was a “great” hockey player, only that he played the game.

        Clarke doesn’t seem to be always trolling, only sometimes. Avscup seems to only be trolling.

      • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        fair enough on that one….

    • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      LOL. Sorry to have ruffled your feathers, son. (lie) You just keep your wits about you and pay attention some of the time while you are here shaking those pom-poms and doing those high-leg kicks–and just maybe you’ll learn something here and not have to be so thin-skinned in the future, young man… I’m pullin’ for ya… ;)

      • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        there you go again…son…young man…

        you are such a stud. :-)

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        :::blushing::: Well, thanks… Just trying to help… ;)

  23. mnjoemama - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Mp, Ducechene played last night , and he looked terrible compared to the elite zach paise …. Whooooooooo

  24. whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Good game by both teams, and yes, the Wild did deserve to win that game. You wont hear me, or most avs fans complain about anything that happened in that game. Even though Parise held Johnson at the end for the empty net goal….no av fan has complained. Its part of hockey and it is not the reason the avs lost. No matter which team you cheer for, you have to admit that Parise’s hold at the end was very similar to Benoit’s hold at the end of game 5. I am glad they didn’t call either one of them…..

    Its game 7! Win or go home! So appropriate for this series….

    GO AVS!!!!

    • purpleguy - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Didn’t even see the hold as I was wearing Wild-colored glasses. The Avs showed a lot by coming back from 2 goals down.

    • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Do you have any video? I didn’t see it but I’m curious to see if it’s as “egregious”

      • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        I will try to find it, but I am not so good at finding those clips….

        It is during the first open netter..

        He grabs him with his left arm, holds him for a second or two then lets him go with hi hands in the air like…It wasn’t me!

        Once again, I am glad they didn’t call it…

        GAME 7 BABY!!

      • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        Holding a player is holding a player….if you want the refs to call it for real, then they should call it for real for both teams is all I am saying….

    • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Dude, I just watched the replay. Parise isn’t even near Johnson. Where’s the credibility man?

      • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:40 PM

        can you post that video?

      • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013030156

        About 1:43, sorry I couldn’t find just the play.

        I think you’re talking about Landeskog, which isn’t the same dude. I can appreciate what you’re saying, Avs fans aren’t whining. But to compare this to what happened to Coyle isn’t even close.

      • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        my bad it was Landeskog he held back

      • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        It’s cool dude, I make mistakes too!

      • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        PS, Game 7 dude, I agree. Can’t wait!!!

      • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Its too bad these guys cant play another series…Is seven games REALLY enough to determine the better team? LOL!

      • tved12 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:43 PM

        Lol, agreed. Make them keep playing until somebody at least wins on the road!

    • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Good laughs… Whiteout, huh? Here’s an Av’s fan who prefers the powder to the weed, apparently…

      *Great game by the Wild. I’m not going to complain about the calls, even though I am. It’s part of the game. No matter who you cheer for, I’m still complaining about that hold Parise made, but hey–it’s all good.

      WTF? Oh–I get it! You’re actually snorting WHITEOUT… Explains everything…. :)

      • whiteoutavalanche - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        Snicker snicker. You are so clever….

        you are a waste of skin brosef….:-) ;- :-)

        Whatever bro!

      • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        Yeah like–whatever dude. Like, what a bromunch you are, broman… :::snorrrrrrrrrt::: eyh–yeah :::sniffle::: Go AVS!!! :)

  25. southstands1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Congrats to the Wild…and what a game it was last night! Sucked to see it end like that as an Avalanche fan, but what a game to watch regardless.

    Parise deserves all the credit for putting the Wild on his back and doing what he needed to do to put his team over. He’s a heck of a player and worth his contract.

    The Avalanche got punched in the mouth from the beginning but didn’t quit. When the killed the two man advantage and scored short-handed, I thought they had the game even though they were still down 2-1 at the time. They showed me something there…for being a young team, they showed a lot of character.

    Bottom line, this series has been fantastic and I’m looking forward to Game 7…good luck to the Wild (again, not really…lol), and GO AVS!!!

    • purpleguy - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      My heart can only take one more game in this series anyway. I think the pattern is the Avs only get the last minute come-back every other series game or so. Wait a second, there’s one more game. . . . . .

      • southstands1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        Well said…hoping you’re right about the pattern too!!

  26. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 29, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Pommer is not the better player, have you watched any Wild hockey besides the playoffs and did you forget Parise was out for a period of time this year! Parise is waaaaay better defensively and offensively I haven’t seen a guy yet in the league to take the puck from him. Pommer is faster?? What are you smokin cause that sh!t must be good! I love Pommer but Parise is better. For a guy that’s played “hockey” u don’t know jack….son!

    • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      If you say so… Believe whatever you want. The people in the Wild’s marketing suite sure want you to believe that. Can’t look bad too much for all that $$$ they’re paying him…

      Take a poll of players/coaches throughout the league while you watch Zach on a breakaway and shoot the puck directly into the goalie’s stomach for the umteenth time. I think you’d be surprised.

    • clarke16 - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      I bet you think Koivu is better too, eh? LOL You’re suckers for marketing. Watch what happens on the ice.

      • slickvb82 - Apr 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        Wow. Clarke16 you know absolutely nothing about hockey, I’m not even sure why I’m wasting my time writing this. First off, you’re knocking Parise for his one goal prior to this game but Poms has ONE goal so far too. You could argue Koivu has had a stronger offensive playoff than Pom. And just so you know, Parise is now tied for the most points in the playoffs, don’t bring up he doesn’t show up in the playoffs.

        Second, Pommer is not faster, there’s no chance. His defense is absolutely not better, why do you think Parise plays on the PK and last couple minutes of the game. And “why do they put Pommer on the top PP unit”….which Parise is on as well ;) . Thats because he’s the only right handed shot on the PP unit….c’mon man.

        You know what, this is stupid. I’m wasting my time.

  27. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    I couldn’t agree more Slick!!! GO WILD

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