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Flames exit playoffs after loss in Game 5 to Colorado

Flames exit playoffs after loss in Game 5 to Colorado

The Colorado Avalanche pulled off a fantastic overtime win against the Calgary Flames in Game 4 of their NHL Playoffs series, taking a 3-1 lead in the best of seven series.

Moments after weathering a penalty, captain Gabriel Landeskog started the rush down the ice and sent a pass over to Carl Soderberg. Thirty-one seconds later, Mikko Rantanen deposits the equalizer behind goalie Mike Smith.

"We're not just happy to be here", said MacKinnon, whose team was eliminated in the opening round by top-seeded Nashville in six games past year.

The goal would've brought the Flames within one, but instead, the Avs rode the momentum to an even larger lead.

The Flames finished this season as the league's ninth-best defensive unit, and they surrendered a league-low 28.1 shots against per game.

"It's disappointing anytime you lose", Calgary coach Bill Peters said. Listen, he gets my vote for best player right now in the game, at this point. "That's what we have to do". Sprawled on the ice and facing Mikael Backlund with the puck on his stick down low, Grubauer waited a split second.

Grubauer praised his team's ability to come up with clutch plays. "It was a good time to make the change".

"Desperation save", he said. We just got rolling.

Smith had another busy night in stopping 49 of 52 shots. Pekka Rinne, who made 40 saves in a 3-2 win over the Stars in Game 3 on Monday, yielded four goals on eight shots before being relieved by Juuse Saros (20 saves).

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Gaudreau frittered away opportunities twice in the first period when Calgary desperately needed to play with the comfort of a lead. Smith was briefly checked out before settling into a groove. I'd love to get that third one. "I didn't find the net when I should have a couple times during the series".

The Flames had their chances in OT, including a power play when Ian Cole cleared the puck over the glass in his own end, But they couldn't beat Grubauer ...

"We stuck with it".

"When Zee has come into the lineup, he's given us an element of skill in the offensive zone", Peters said. "We kept playing our game". A tough player to play against, and I thought he really took control and led their team. Gaudreau and his teammates just can't seem to break free. Then, Rantanen tipped in a shot to tie it up.

Frederik Andersen and Tuukka Rask were sharp for the first two periods, but Auston Matthews broke the scoreless tie with a controversial goal 10 minutes into the third period. And shortly after that, Landeskog clanged a shot off the post. Game 5 of the Stanley Cup first round playoffs series will be an elimination matchup for the Flames, and it sure will be a great watch. The Avs are hoping to follow suit against the Flames. He notched a goal with the New York Rangers in 2008.

The Flames didn't experience the same urgency, having locked down a playoff berth March 17 and top spot in the conference two weeks later. Avalanche centre Derick Brassard (illness) and defenceman Sam Girard (upper body) were Colorado's scratches.

The Avalanche really leaned into encouraging fans to bring kale to the arena now that they've got Cale Makar signed to a professional contract. "Everyone's been so supportive", he said.

"That's the game within the game", Reirden said Friday.


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