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Avalanche's MacKinnon facing tall task of ending drought in series finale

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SAN JOSE — The series opened with all eyes on Nathan MacKinnon and that’s certainly how it’s about to close.

The 23-year-old playoff revelation has been held in check by the San Jose Sharks the last two games, going scoreless in Games 5 and 6. It ended an eight-game point streak by the Colorado Avalanche playoff leader, who has been a minus player in all three games the Avs have lost in this series.

So frustrated by the Sharks’ focus on him, the always-available MacKinnon was nowhere to be seen following the team’s 4-3 overtime win Monday after finishing minus-two.

Ditto for the team’s brief media availability Tuesday before flying to San Jose for Wednesday’s Game 7 at SAP Center.

Surely, the biggest name left in these playoffs can’t be held scoreless three games in a row, can he?

After all, prior to that he had six goals and 13........

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