The first question is answered.
The Avalanche put to rest any concerns about how their young team would handle the pressure of the post-season. Two games and two wins. Now the question is: can the Avs finish?
"We've taken care of business at home, we know that we haven't accomplished anything yet, just taken care of business. Now it's up to us to in [to Minnesota] and steal a couple of games," said Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog.
This series shifts to Saint Paul, Minnesota now for game three (Monday at 5 p.m.) and game four (Thursday at 7:30 p.m.). If you believe that a playoff hockey team isn't truly in trouble until they lose at home then Minnesota has nothing to worry about. That is unless they can't take the next two.
"We know they're going to play desperate hockey, that's just the way it is," said Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon. "You don't have to be a playoff veteran to realize that and it's going to be important for us to keep playing the same way and clean up the little things as well."
If the series is extended past game four the Avalanche will host game five next Saturday in Denver.
Can this inexperienced team start the playoffs on a positive note? Yes.
Now, can they close?