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Through the first two games of the Colorado-Minnesota series, most of the focus was on the Avs' top line of Nathan MacKinnon , Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog - a trio that combined for seven goals and 13 points.
Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche fires in the first Avalanche goal of the game during the first period of action.
Minnesota's Matt Cooke, left, knees Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie in the second period in Game 3 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov made a save in the second period. The Minnesota Wild hosted the Colorado Avalanche at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Monday night, April 21, 2014.
Nathan MacKinnon was in his bedroom - well, Jean-Sebastien Giguere's basement, where the Colorado Avalanche teenager has been living all season - when the Avalanche backup goaltender and 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy winner called MacKinnon upstairs for dinner.
With seven points in two games, he's already accomplished more in the postseason as an 18-year-old than Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Jarome Iginla and Mike Modano did as 18-year-olds.
In losing twice to the Avalanche, the Wild found themselves flat-footed at the wrong times and letting their young, potent opponent dictate the pace and flow.
Nathan MacKinnon and his equally skilled Colorado linemates Gabe Landeskog and Paul Stastny were too fast for Minnesota in the first two games.
Holding a 2-0 first-round series lead over Minnesota , the Avalanche didn't practice Sunday before convening at a private air terminal near Denver International Airport to catch a flight to the Twin Cities area.
Apr 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon reacts to his goal against the Minnesota Wild in the first period during game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center.
The third-line forward lived every hockey player's dream by scoring both goals in a 2-1 win in Detroit in Game 7 that gave the young Pittsburgh Penguins the Stanley Cup title in 2009.
The Stanley Cup playoffs start their fourth night with two Game #2's with the home team trying to defend home ice and take a 2-0 lead on the road.
When Paul Stastny scored the game winner in overtime the Pepsi Center to give the Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, the whole arena erupted, which included Denver Nuggets star point guard Ty Lawson.