Avalanche looks to close out Wild in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Avalanche will try to win its first playoff series in six years Monday night when it plays the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 of their first-round series in Minnesota.

The Avalanche leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 after a thrilling 4-3 overtime win Saturday night at Pepsi Center.

P.A. Parenteau tied the game with 1:14 left in regulation after coach Patrick Roy pulled goaltendter Semyon Varlamov with 2:22 to play, then Nathan MacKinnon scored 3:27 into overtime to give the Avalanche the win and the series lead.

The Avalanche hasn’t won a playoff series since beating Minnesota in five games in the first round in 2008. If Minnesota wins, Game 7 will be Wednesday night at Pepsi Center, at a time to be determined. The winner of the series will play the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the second round.

Monday’s game is at 7 p.m., and there will be a watch party at Pepsi Center. Parking and admission are free, and concessions will be 25 percent off. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be acquired at the Avalanche’s website.

AVALANCHE VS. WILD

Best-of-seven; Avalanche leads 3-2

April 17: Avalanche 5-4, OT

April 19: Avalanche 4-2

April 21: Minnesota 1-0, OT

April 24: Minnesota 2-1

April 26: Avalanche 4-3, OT

April 28: at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

April 30*: at Pepsi Center, TBA

*if necessary