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Avalanche expects ‘desperate’ stars in Game 2 of Western 2nd Round
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Avalanche expects ‘desperate’ stars in Game 2 of Western 2nd Round

Some of the struggling out of the gate could be because the Avalanche hadn’t played since April 30. Sure, they practiced a few times while waiting to see who their opponent would be as the Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights headed to Game 7. in the first round, but it is difficult to replicate the level of play in practice.

“When we came out of the break some of the players handled it really well and were ready to go and got dialed in on the detail part of the game and the work ethic that’s needed, the competitiveness that’s needed in this series and it took a number of other guys a little longer to get there,” Bednar said.

“But that’s part of the reason why I said we can take another step here. We need everyone from the start tomorrow night.”

Obviously, the Avalanche rebounded to dominate the second and third periods on Tuesday, but a strong start in Game 2 will be crucial.

The Stars lost the first two home games of their series against the Golden Knights. They recovered and won four of the next five to advance.

The Avalanche can’t do worse than a split in Dallas before returning to Ball Arena, where they were 31-9-1 in the regular season. They were 2-0 there in the first round and hope to put the team that finished at the top of the Western Conference in another 2-0 series.

“We talked today about some things we need to do better,” Avalanche forward Andrew Cogliano said. “Just things we needed to clear up. Their strengths in their play were still evident last night that we need to make sure we get stronger tomorrow to give us a better chance.

“Overall, our game was a good game. We got better as the game went on, our forecheck came into its own and we played the way we wanted to play. But they will be desperate for a win on home ice.” We’re going to have to discuss what we did, what we saw and what their plan is, and hopefully get better at neutralizing that.”