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Avalanche beat Sharks in OT thriller, set up Game 7

MIKE CHAMBERS | The Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, left, celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal with defenseman Samuel Girard in overtime of Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Denver. Colorado won 4-3 in overtime. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post via AP)

Pent-up anger might have steered the Avalanche in a healthy direction Monday night.

Avs second-year forward J.T. Compher violently slashed a metal trash can after Colorado’s Game 5 loss at the SAP Center on Saturday, pushing Colorado to the brink of elimination. And Avs left wing and team captain Gabe Landeskog had just one goal in the series, back in Game 2.

On Monday in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal series, Compher was the player of the game and Landeskog the ultimate hero in the Avs’ 4-3 overtime victory that tied the series 3-3 and forced a deciding Game 7 on Wednesday night (7 p.m. MT, NBCSN) in San Jose, Calif.

“It was a huge effort by our team tonight,” Compher said.

Compher had two goals and an assist in regulation before Landeskogscored 2:32 into OT. Landeskog was minus-3 along with linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen before scoring the winner by slapping at a loose puck in front of the goal-mouth.

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