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USA TODAY Sports Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod, left, confronts Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke during the first period of Game Three of a first-round Stanley Cup playoffs series on Monday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

NHL Playoffs: Retaliation not best idea for Avs’


The Boogeyman must be laughing in that big penalty box in the sky.

Wild vs. Avalanche a rough series? Puh-leeze. Even by today’s tame, Eurohockey-style standards, this has been a relatively lightweight playoff affair. And that’s not an indictment. We have two speedy teams doing what they do best. The only difference is that they aren’t turning away and avoiding contact the way they do during the regular season.

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