Game 6 Update – Colorado Avalanche beat Calgary Flames 5-1 in Game 5 of their first-round series Friday night to eliminate the Western Conference top seeds 4-1.
The Avalanche captured the West’s last wild card and then won four straight after losing the opener in this series.
Colin Wilson and Mikko Rantanen each had two goals and an assist for the Avs.
Following on from the exit of Tampa Bay Lightning, the elimination of the Flames marks the first time that both conferences top seeds were eliminated in the first round.
Derick Brassard (illness) and Sam Girard (upper body injury) were both scratches for Colorado.
The Avalanche will now face the winner of the Vegas Golden Knights vs San Jose Sharks series in Round 2.
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For the first time in NHL (or NBA) history, both No. 8 seeds defeated the No. 1 seeds in the same year.— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) April 20, 2019
• No. 8 Colorado Avalanche defeat No. 1 Calgary Flames 4-1
• No. 8 Columbus Blue Jackets defeat No. 1 Tampa Bay Lightning pic.twitter.com/xgirL3fSES
Game 5 Update – Colorado Avalanche rallied from 2-0 down in the 3rd Period to beat Calgary Flames 3-2 in OT on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.
Mikko Rantanen was the hero for the Avs, scoring on a slap shot 10:23 into overtime after having tied the game on a power-play goal with 2:50 left in regulation time.
The Flames, the top seeds in the Western Conference, now face a must-win scenario when the series returns to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday if they are to avoid the same fate as Tampa Bay Lightning, the top seeds in the Eastern Conference.
Game 4 Update – Colorado Avalanche moved into a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference 1st Round series against Calgary Flames with a 6-2 win on home-ice in Game 3.
Having skated in the NCAA national championship game on Saturday, recently signed rookie defenseman Cale Makar (who grew up in Calgary as a Flames’ fan) was plunged into Colorado’s lineup and scored.
The Aves had 56 shots, which was the most by Colorado in a NHL playoff game since June 1996 when they also registered 56 shots in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard was out with an upper-body injury.
Cale Makar scores his first NHL goal to make it 3-0 Colorado! pic.twitter.com/R22ZaofI0t— Heart of NHL (@HeartofNHL) April 16, 2019
Game 3 Update – Colorado Avalanche tied the series at 1-1 with the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of their Western Conference 1st Round tie on Saturday with a 3-2 OT win at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Avs looked to be heading for a second straight loss to the Flames, but goals by J.T. Compher late in the 3rd Period and Nathan MacKinnon in overtime turned the game in their favour and ensured that they go to the two games on home-ice in Colorado (starting Monday) with everything still to play for.
Mike Smith finished with 36 saves for the Flames, while Philipp Grubauer had 35 for the Avs.
Game 2 Update: The Calgary Flames qualified for the postseason top of the Western Conference this season, while the Colorado Avalanche only narrowly qualified for the playoffs, so the Flames comfortable 4-0 win the opening game of the Western Conference Round 1 series between the franchises very much went with the formbook.
Matthew Tkachuk scored twice for the Flames, while goalie Mike Smith made 26 saves to record his first postseason shutout in nearly seven years. Philipp Grubauer made 28 stops for Colorado.
On the plus side for Avalanche, All-Star forward Mikko Rantanen returned in Game 1 from an upper-body injury sustained since taking a check into the boards at Dallas in March.