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    DENVER -- Patrick Roy was quite calm and even cracked a few jokes as his team went through a light workout. Tarvarius Moore Jersey . No signs of stress at all. Of course, the first-year Colorado Avalanche coach has been in a few pressure-packed Game 7 situations as a Hall of Fame goaltender -- 13 to be exact. His players? Not as much experience. A dozen had never been to the post-season before this year. And yet Roys hardly fretting over his teams emotional state heading into a decisive final game Wednesday night against the Minnesota Wild, with the winner moving on to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. On the contrary, Roys reminding his youthful team of one simple thing: Enjoy the moment. "How good is this?" Roy said. "Theyre excited about it and they should be. ... Were playing Game 7 in our building, in front of our fans." In this series, home ice is a pretty big deal. All six games in this tightly contested matchup have been decided during the waning moments, with the home team capturing each one. Wild coach Mike Yeo has a stirring pregame speech all prepared for just the occasion, a few well-chosen words to put into his players ears before they hit the ice and hear the clamour of the crowd. Care to share the highlights? "Then it wouldnt be very inspirational," Yeo joked. Minnesota will try to neutralize the noise with another sizzling start. The Wild have scored the first goal in four of the games. "(Game 7s) are the best and also the worst," Yeo said. "You have so much on the line -- the players laying it all out there, the passion and the energy of the building and the fans. Theres just so much at stake." Avs forward Maxime Talbot stressed "having fun" to rookie Nathan MacKinnon, whos tied with Zach Parise for most points (10) in the NHL playoffs so far. Talbot knows the butterflies will be present for players such as MacKinnon -- and its something to embrace. "Thats why we play the game," said Talbot, who scored twice in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup final to lift Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win over Detroit. "Thats the coolest thing about hockey. As much experience as you have, you have to take these butterflies and turn them into excitement and energy, and thats definitely the feeling I have right now." Roy believes that Game 7 will hinge on, what else, the goalies. Semyon Varlamov won a team-record 41 games in the regular season, breaking the mark held by Roy. The goalie nicknamed "Varly" has faced a barrage of shots in this series, coming up big in several games. "Varlys always the brick out there," Talbot said. "We know hes going to make the big saves." The same can be said of Darcy Kuemper, who has a 1.53 goals- against average since stepping in for Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 2. Although Kuemper cant ever remember playing in a Game 7, he said that Mondays game -- a 5-2 win in which the Wild sealed it and extended the series by scoring two empty-net goals -- was good practice. "Now, both teams are in the situation," Kuemper said. "So theyre going to be a little bit more desperate than they were last game. Weve been through it before, so we should be pretty calm and confident with it." The intensity level is something the Wild are embracing. They know its going to be a hostile environment, but its not as if the Wild have been blown out inside the Pepsi Center. No, the Avalanche have needed to rely on some late magic, pulling Varlamov for an extra skater in Games 1 and 5, get big late goals and to send it into OT, where they found a way to win. "We feel good about the way weve been playing," Parise said. "Hopefully, we can get a win here." Colorado received a boost last game with the return of Matt Duchene from a knee injury. The teams leading scorer in the regular season is still rounding into shape, but with every shift hes getting back his quickness. "This is just another game," Duchene said. "Thats how you have to treat Game 7s." The previous time the Avs were in a Game 7 was 2003, when they were eliminated by the Wild in Roys last game. "Thats not going to have a big effect on our team," Roy said, smiling. "Because there are not that many players from then that are still with us." Jerick McKinnon Jersey . Like a magic trick, the puck popped out behind Stalock in the San Jose net. While Sharks coach Todd McLellan decried the legality of the tiebreaking goal, the Los Angeles Kings celebrated their latest, greatest escape yet. Mike McGlinchey Jersey . There is no argument that the line of Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Thomas Vanek was one of the hottest in the NHL leading into the post-season, and they did combine for three goals and seven points, but it was the depth of all four lines that helped propel Montreal.LONDON -- Rickie Lambert made a goal-scoring England debut at the age of 31 on Wednesday, clinching a 3-2 victory over Scotland as international footballs oldest rivals met for the first time in 14 years. After England twice came from behind through Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, Lambert produced the winner in the 70th minute, powering a header into the net four minutes after coming off the bench. "Thats what Ive been dreaming of probably all my life," Lambert said. "It means so much." The striker was called up for the first time by coach Roy Hodgson after the former beetroot factory worker capped his rise from the fourth tier to the Premier League by scoring 15 goals for Southampton last season. The goal spared England from being humbled by its neighbour in the 111th match between the sides after James Morrison and then Kenny Miller put Scotland in front. "We made life difficult for ourselves by conceding twice ... but its very satisfying to win a game like this," Hodgson said. "And even more satisfying when you get a fairytale story like (Lambert) ... hes technically a very good player and has great composure in front of goal." Yet, concerns will linger for Hodgson about the goals conceded -- the first time after goalkeeper Joe Harts blunder -- with key World Cup qualifiers coming up. England is second in its World Cup qualifying group, two points behind Montenegro with five games remaining. In September, England hosts Moldova before travelling to Ukraine. While England is in the hunt still for a spot in Brazil next year, Scotland is already out of the running to qualify for its first major tournament since 1998. Despite Scotland being ranked 36 spots below England in 50th place, that gulf wasnt always evident on the Wembley Stadium pitch as the hosts relied on a newcomer to recover the victory in a game that was a friendly in name only. "Weve come here and put on a decent performance, got two goals at Wembley," Miller said. "But unfortunately it wasnt enough to get anything." Lambert was brought off the bench to replace Wayne Rooney, who played despite being missing all of Manchester Uniteds official pre-season games annd Sundays Community Shield with injuries that coincided with his failed bid to leave the Premier League champions. San Francisco 49ers Jerseys. Although Rooney managed to get through 66 minutes he lacked match fitness and only came close to scoring in the opening minutes when he made a weak connection with Leighton Baines cross. The one position on the pitch England appeared to have resolved was between the posts, but goalkeeper Joe Hart has started to show signs of weakness in the last year and was left red-faced in the 11th minute. A corner was only half-cleared by Walcott and Morrison sent in a powerful shot that Hart let go under him after attempting to block it with his body. It took England until the 29th minute to level, with Walcott racing forward to connect with Tom Cleverleys through ball to score his first international goal at the national stadium. England, though, was sloppy at times and the complacency was exposed inside four minutes of the second half. Alan Hutton crossed from the right and Miller brought the ball down with his chest, and was left in space by Gary Cahill to lash the ball into the net on the turn. England, though, managed a quick response in the 53rd. Captain Steven Gerrard sent a free kick into the penalty area and Welbeck rose between two defenders and planted a downward header into the net. The game was livening up. Walcott and Robert Snodgrass squared up to each other, with the pushing and shoving seeing both players booked. But it was never heated in the stands as fans between the two traditional rivals stayed calm, and the authorities will be relieved that there was no evident crowd trouble. It was the rampant hooliganism in the 1980s that led to the annual matches between the cross-border rivals being cancelled in 1989, having first met in 1872. But this relatively tranquil night in the Wembley rain will be remembered for the moment Lambert rose to meet Baines corner just a couple of minutes into his first England appearance. "I was trying to play it cool as if it wasnt bothering me but deep down I wanted to scream," the former Blackpool, Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers player said. 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