MacKinnon scores in overtime, Avalanche beat Flames to even series

Silvia Morton
April 16, 2019

From that point through the end of the game, chants of "Smitty, Smitty, Smitty" broke out regularly from the raucous, sold-out, red jersey-clad crowd.

"I haven't quite heard anything like that before in my career", Smith said.

It was Avalanche winger Matt Nieto who finally managed to beat Smith in the second period when he scored a shorthanded goal to put his squad up 1-0.

MacKinnon tied for the team lead in shots on goal with seven and he led both teams with 12 shot attempts.

Backlund made it a 2 for 4 night with the extra man when his goal at 17:01 of the third made it 3-0.

Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche scores the game-winning goal against 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.

The Avalanche could receive another boost before the next game as Cale Makar, a defenseman drafted fourth overall in 2017, is expected to join the squad now that his NCAA season with MA is done. The chants of "Smitty!"

As this National Hockey League matchup migrates southward, shifting some 1,700 kilometres along the Rocky Mountains, the Calgary Flames have discovered that they can very much count on a couple of chaps.

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"We have to be better".

"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.

Grubauer made 28 stops for Colorado. "Down late or running into a hot goalie, we know we can win games against this team. Nate - just a great shot".

The series continues Monday night in Colorado. "I didn't really think". He's been playing great and we have to do a better job in front of him.

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.

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

The only cheers heard at home during the regular season were of the Bronx variety as Smith struggled at times, posting an.889 save percentage on home ice. It was the first playoff game as a head coach for Bill Peters, who failed to make the postseason in his four seasons with Carolina.

"The first half of the game they seemed hungrier than us, like they wanted it more. They were faster. We have a fast and physical team and we didn't show it in the first".

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