Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 5/2/15

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Mikael Granlund, drafted eighth overall by the Minnesota Wild, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mikael Granlund was stick-less and alone to defend the point , facing an Avalanche offense with a two-man advantage due to a power-play and having pulled goaltender Semyon Varlamov in the final minutes.  Granlund, the Minnesota Wild forward known more for his playmaking than defense, laid out to block a shot. His stick still stuck along the boards while Colorado controlled the puck, Granlund blocked two more shots, not even giving the Avalanche a chance to test Minnesota goaltender Darcy Kuemper. The Finnish forward who won Game 3 in overtime with a skillful individual play sacrificed his body to make the defining plays in Game 4, signifying the Wild's all-out effort in dominating two games in Minnesota and evening the first-round playoff series at two games apiece. "Well, this is sort of the attitude that our whole group has," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said. "Everybody's committed to playing a certain way, and when you go out and you do that, then a different...
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