Published: Вт, Апреля 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Colorado snatches Game 2 away from the Flames in overtime

Colorado snatches Game 2 away from the Flames in overtime

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 13: Mikko Rantanen #96 of the Colorado Avalanche attempts a wrap-around on the net of Mike Smith #41 of the Calgary Flames in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 13, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

"I haven't quite heard anything like that before in my career, it gives you some confidence when you hear your name getting chanted", Smith said.

Matthew Tkachuk scored twice, and rookie Andrew Mangiapane and Mikael Backlund also had goals as Calgary won its first playoff game since beating Anaheim 4-3 in overtime on May 5, 2015.

The short-handed goal marked the first time in 45 shots the Avs were able to solve the man who was previously considered to be the biggest question mark heading into the series.

Game 2 is Saturday night in Calgary.

The series now transitions back to Colorado tied at 1.

After dominating the majority of the play in regulation, the Avalanche almost lost the game late in the third period when Sean Monahan got loose in front to beat Philipp Grubauer after a few blocked shots. Mikko Rantanen hit a flying Nathan MacKinnon to enter the zone, and MacKinnon would waste no time labeling a shot high glove past Mike Smith to win the game for the Avs.

"Great to see the fans really get behind him", said Flames captain Mark Giordano.

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After a Rasmus Andersson power-play goal tied the game 1-1 five minutes later, the Flames responded properly with a third period that had them poised to complete the steal when Sean Monahan swatted in the go-ahead goal with seven minutes remaining in the third.

"He's a good goaltender, no doubt - he's making the saves he should make and then he's making some on top of that as well", said Landeskog, whose club fired 39 shots on goal.

What many believed to be the Calgary Flames' weakness heading into the postseason turned out to be a strength in Game 1 against the Colorado Avalanche. Maybe those stakes explain why they're so focused right now, but either way, it seems like Colorado could make this an interesting Round 1 series. "We would've liked to win both games, but a 1-1 split, we'll take that".

Flames' Captain Mark Giordano was on the ice when MacKinnon scored his game victor and although Gio credits the Avs for executing a good play, he feels his team needs to step up their game. We're a good team - we all believe in each other.

Well, he put a black mark on it. Nathan MacKinnon ruined their night, and that's what we're all here for.

A big moment in the game came early in the second as the Avs went to the power play for the third consecutive time.

"For us, we're not going to just roll over because we're running into a hot goalie".

The series now shifts to Colorado with Game 3 going Monday night.

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