Playoff-leading scorer, Nathan Mackinnon finished game five with a goal and two assists has been phenomenal in these playoffs for the Avalanche. At 18 years old he is just three points away from breaking Jagr’s record for most post-season points at that age. In four of five games he has played more than 21 minutes. The Avs got some breaks in the game as many thought there should’ve been a holding penalty against Colorado with the net empty, and it appeared the Avs were offside on Parenteau’s tying goal. Matt Moulson, Mikko Koivu, and Marco Scandella were on the ice for most of the 5-on-5 shot attempts and need to be better defensively in the next game if the Wild hope to extend the series. If the Avs get Duchene back from injury it will definitely give them the edge in game six.
The Kings outplayed the Sharks and proved that they can compete and avoid elimination. After building a 3-0 lead going into the third period the Kings continued their strong play and made a statement that they are not going to exit without a fight. Sharks goalie Antti Niemi was pulled after the third goal in the second period. The Sharks lost the game and a key defenceman, as Marc-Edouard Vlasic got injured when he ran into Kings forward Jarret Stoll. Stoll got a penalty on the play but Vlasic did not return. That could potentially be a huge loss for the Sharks as Vlasic eats up a lot of minutes on the back-end and is relied upon for many situations. Kings forward Justin Williams had seven shots on goal as Jonathan Quick shut the door stopping all 30 shots. If Quick can play like he did in game four, there might be a chance at a miracle for the Kings.