National Hockey League roundup: Avs put Flames on brink with OT win

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"Everyone has to look at their own games and be better", Gaudreau said. "He tried, I'm telling you, he tried".

On the backs of their star players, the Avs proved to be too much for the top-seeded Calgary Flames - blowing them out in Game 5 by a score of 5-1.

The Avalanche won Game 2 in overtime, thanks to a goal by Nathan MacKinnon. Devante Smith-Pelly was recalled from the minors and will go directly into the lineup. We put up two 50-shot games (in Game 3 and 4) along with a real good Game 2. "It's a game at a time, it's a shift at a time, it's a period at time". "I played against him a lot and he's a great player, but this was a whole different level we saw out there in this playoff".

Craig Berube knew that moment had come in the middle of the St. Louis Blues' Game 5 against the Winnipeg Jets. The Flames only have themselves to blame for this, with a non-effort in Game 3 and blowing a 2-0 third-period lead and falling in OT Wednesday night in Denver.

"It's awesome to win a round", said MacKinnon, who had three goals and five assists in the series. "You don't score, you've got to change it up a little. We were battling for a playoff spot all the time". Puck drop is at 8 p.m. MT. "Hopefully we get them next game".

"The resilience we have on our team, the fight we have when we were down".

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: Andrew Mangiapane #88 of the Calgary Flames takes a shot in front of the net of Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Colorado Avalanche in Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 19, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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"I'm like a baby learning how to walk right now", Montgomery said. "We've got to find a way to win those games". After Johnny Gaudreau first failed to convert on a penalty shot and missed on a breakaway, Rantanen doubled the lead with 4:22 remaining in the first period when he banked a sharp-angled shot off goalie Mike Smith.

Frederik Andersen had 28 saves for Toronto.

Special teams didn't go much better for the Flames.

And there's Brind'Amour, again, sounding like the veteran coach he already looks like. The Avalanche, who had the NHL's 17th-best record during the regular season, will face the victor of the Vegas-San Jose series, which the Golden Knights lead 3-2.

The Predators have been without forward Brian Boyle since Game 1 after an appendectomy, and forward Wayne Simmonds has been out since taking a one-timer from Roman Josi off the inside of his left knee. They're definitely proving they are more than a one-line team ...

"I had my appendix out when I was in high school, you're literally out for months and months", Laviolette said. This team is in really good shape. Wayne the same thing. "They played better than us and that's why the result's what it is". It was a lost night in a lost playoff series in a season where they had won the second-most games in franchise history.

But the Flames now find themselves the desperate team. "He's a leader and he's a guy that guys want to fight for". He notched a goal with the New York Rangers in 2008. Even with an excellent blueline led by Mark Giordano, who is the Norris Trophy favorite, the Flames can't figure it out.