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Avalanche rides five-goal first period to season-saving win over Stars, forces Game 6

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Trade-deadline acquisition Michael Hutchinson, a 30-yr-outdated journeyman goaltender, helped save the Avalanche’s season Monday evening in his NHL playoff debut — many thanks in substantial component to an overpowering offensive attack that gave him a five-purpose lead to work with.

Referred to as on as next-string goalie Pavel Francouz was declared “unfit to perform,” Hutchinson made 31 will save — 17 in the third interval — in Colorado’s 6-three victory above Dallas.

The Avs trimmed the Stars lead in the Western Meeting semifinal series, three-two, with Match 6 on Wednesday in Edmonton. Hutchinson will once again probably be in internet.

“It’s what you work for as a child, and you dream about when actively playing in the yard, is to perform in the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Hutchinson reported. “I was psyched and seeking ahead to the opportunity.”

With the Avs’ harm record escalating by the day, possibly they were

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