Updated: 04/28/2014 1:18 PM
Created: 04/27/2014 11:18 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Minnesota Wild players and fans were devastated over a loss at Colorado Saturday night, and questionable refereeing could have been a determining factor in the game's outcome.
Why we teach linesmen to work the line!!! This call needs to be made inside the line. pic.twitter.com/DedbCPRyRD— John Moulton (@johncanref) April 27, 2014
Despite a lead for most of the third period, Minnesota lost Game 5 4-3 in Denver at the Pepsi Center when the Avalache's Nathan MacKinnon scored 3:27 into overtime after P.A. Parenteau tied the game late in regulation.
But a no-call on the game-tying play by the referees, where Paul Stastny appeared to be offside with 1:14 left in the game, is what did the Wild in, according to Minnesota's Ryan Suter.
"They missed the call and we paid for it," Suter said.
"They definitely got away with a missed call to tie the game."
Minnesota is now down 3-2 in the series, which has become heated with three overtimes and suspensions. A loss on Monday would result in their playoffs elimination.
Suter's teammate Zach Parise said the no-call gave the Avalanche momentum to move ahead in the third.
"I didn't see it but someone told me about it," Parise said when asked about the off-sides play after Saturday's game. "The play felt like it, just the way it developed. Something about it just didn't feel right. It felt like they had too much of a step on the play, but I didn't know that for sure until we came in here and someone said it."
Another controversial moment for officiating in the game was when a holding or hooking call might have been made on the Avalanche when Minnesota's Charlie Coyle was heading towards an open net, but was not. At that point in the game, the Wild were up 3-2.
Minnesota has an advantage coming into Game 6: the ability to win at home. The team's two wins have been at the Xcel. The NHL announced Monday's game would have an 8 p.m. puck drop.
The team won't have a chip on their shoulder, according to coach Mike Yeo.
"It is what it is," Yeo said after Saturday's game. "To sit here and dwell on it I don't think is going to do any good."
The Wild have been relying on their home ice to give them momentum and confidence paying Colorado. Yeo said Game 6 won't be any different.
For information about the team's pregame plans for fans on Monday, look here.
"We know what's ahead of us here," Yeo said. "We knew coming in that we were playing a team that won the division, a team that is an extremely skilled group and never once did we think that things were going to be easy."
Parise said he is looking forward to the team's return to the Pepsi Center, following a Minnesota win on Monday. The team must win once on the road to advance.
"It wasn't this one, so its got to be Game 7," Parise said.