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Open Post- Game 2 Of The Eastern Conference Final

Boston Bruins lead the series 1-0 over the Carolina Hurricanes.

 

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Calgary Flames Done In Five

from eric Francis of Sportsnet,

From best in the west to finished in five.

Minutes after the Calgary Flames‘ improbable, 50-win season came to a crashing end Friday, a stunned group of players shared one common explanation for how it all slipped away:
Nathan MacKinnon.

“For anyone who doesn’t think MacKinnon is one of the best, if not the best, they might want to look at this series because he can really turn it on up to another level,” said Flames captain Mark Giordano, following the Flames fourth-straight loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

“Tough player to play against and I thought he really took control and led their team.”

Mike Smith agreed.

“He was a beast,” said the Flames netminder, who was solid for the fifth-straight game despite losing 5-1 in a game where MacKinnon had three assists.

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James Neal A Healthy Scratch

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The James Neal signing is now officially a bust.

The 31-year-old winger, who was brought in to be a difference-maker in the playoffs, will be replaced in the Calgary Flames‘ lineup for the biggest game of the season.

Coach Bill Peters confirmed Neal’s third-line spot for Game 5 on Friday will be filled by Austin Czarnik, who will play alongside Mark Jankowski and Michael Frolik.

From a $28.75-million signing on July 2 to a healthy scratch in one season.

Just four more years to go on a deal paying him $5.75 million a year.

The fact that he’s being replaced by a 26-year-old who will make his NHL playoff debut says plenty about how ineffective Neal has been these playoffs and this season.

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The Calgary Flames Will Face Elimination On Friday After OT Loss To The Colorado Avalanche

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The Calgary Flames have a five-alarm fire on their hands.

Despite another heroic goaltending outing by Mike Smith, the Flames return to Calgary Friday facing the very real possibility another conference champion is about to bite the dust courtesy of a wild-card club.

The Flames allowed a game-tying goal in the final three minutes for the second time in this series, setting up a 3-2 overtime loss and 3-1 series deficit.

This time Colorado’s hero was Mikko Rantanen, scoring 9:37 into overtime to cap a late, two-goal comeback that will require even more fortitude from Calgary.

Rantanen’s second goal of the game was a one-timer from long-range that beat Smith clean. It came on the Avs’ 52nd shot, mere seconds after Colorado killed off an Ian Cole delay of game penalty.

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A Bad Game From The Calgary Flames In A Loss To The Colorado Avalanche

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Nathan MacKinnon has officially taken over this series.

The first hint of the Avalanche star’s heroics came at the end of Game 2 when his overtime snipe in Calgary equaled the series.

It was his first goal in 12 shots.

On Monday it snowballed.

By the end of the first period alone the speedy centre had two power play goals, an assist, four shots and he drew a penalty in an easy win to put the Avalanche up 2-1 in the series.

By the end of the period Colorado had outshot Calgary 21-8, outscored them 3-0 and had helped make history when Calgary-born Cale Makar became the first defenceman in NHL lore to make his NHL debut in the playoffs and score a goal in the same game.

From there the Avalanche cruised to a 6-2 win that saw the hosts electrify the Pepsi Center by humiliating a Flames team that would have lost by at least a touchdown had it not been for the brilliance of Mike Smith....

The easy thing would be to point out MacKinnon is the only superstar in the series to play as such, but this one wasn’t on Johnny Gaudreau.

It’s on the entire Flames squad, which promised to be better after Game 2.

They promised to be hungrier.

They promised to be grittier.

They promise to be done in five games if they continue to play like this.

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The Calgary Flames Have More To Give

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

He might be the exception.

Otherwise, Mike Smith nailed it.

“I don’t think we have played our best hockey yet,” said the Calgary Flames’ starting (and suddenly starring) netminder after Saturday’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche at the Saddledome, a result that evens their best-of-seven playoff series at one win apiece.

“I think everyone in here will tell you the same thing. I think we were a little tentative tonight. We weren’t skating as well as we can and we have, and it made them look really, really fast. We’ll clean that up.”

They need to.

Thanks to Nathan MacKinnon’s top-shelf snipe at the 8:27 mark of overtime, the Avalanche swiped home-ice advantage as this Rocky Mountain Matchup shifts to the Mile High City.

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Colorado Avalanche Can’t Score Against The Calgary Flames

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Game 1 was won by Mike Smith, the Calgary Flames’ 37-year-old goalie.

His teammates obviously played a role in defeating the Avalanche 4-0 late Thursday at the Scotiabank Saddledome, but Smith and the penalty killers in front of him were the clear-cut difference before Calgary scored two late goals in the final minutes of the third period.

Smith outplayed Avs goalie Philipp Grubauer, who took a nine-game points streak (7-0-2) into the postseason, and Colorado failed to convert on three of the game’s first four power plays before Calgary struck twice late in the second period to take command.

“Special teams made a huge difference tonight. They capitalized. We didn’t,” Grubauer (31 saves) said. “I think we played a good game. We can learn a little bit from them. It was fun to play for sure and we’re all looking forward to Game 2. We need to get the split.”

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Calgary, Toronto Or Winnipeg?

from Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet,

The playoff landscape for Canadian teams is set following the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 3-2 shootout win the New York Rangers on Friday night. The Montreal Canadiens are eliminated, while the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and Calgary Flames remain in the picture, seeking to each become the first Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup since the 1992-93 Canadiens won 10 straight overtimes to capture an unlikely 24th Stanley Cup for the franchise against Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings.

All three teams look strong on the surface, with the Flames posting the second-best record in the NHL, the Maple Leafs posting the sixth-best and the Jets in a dogfight to win the Central Division. But which team has the best chance to break that 25 year Cup drought for Canadian franchises?

In order to answer that question, you have to look at a wide array of data. Not all of the information can be compared apples to apples on a graph, so what makes sense to me is to break down a ton of statistics based on where each team ranks league-wide.

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The Calgary Flames Are The Top Team In The West

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The captain gave a speech and the staff handed out hats and shirts commemorating the accomplishment.

A Calgary Flames dressing room that was eerily silent before the game was transformed into a lively hub of handshakes, high-fives, hugs and cheers following a win for the ages.

For the first time in 13 years, Calgary won the Pacific Division thanks to a 5-3 win Sunday over a San Jose club that has long been chasing the Flames.

For the first time in 29 years – and the fourth time in franchise lore – the Flames have been crowned kings of the conference.

A momentous occasion for a squad that not only missed the playoffs last season, but has spent the better part of the last three decades watching spring hockey on TV.

“I’ve been here a long time and it’s tough enough to make it to the playoffs,” said Sean Monahan, clutching the hat and t-shirt distributed after the game identifying the Flames as division champs.

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Video- Chippy In Calgary

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

The boo-birds were loud and committed to the cause.

Trouble is, the home team didn’t give them any other reason to clear their throats.

Los Angeles Kings defence stalwart Drew Doughty was greeted with boos nearly every time he touched the puck in Monday’s matchup at the Saddledome — a response to his rip-job earlier in the day on local fan favourite Matthew Tkachuk — but the Flames didn’t exactly make him eat his words.

On the strength of a 42-save shutout by Jack Campbell, the cellar-dwelling Kings notched a 3-0 victory.

“I don’t think they’re booing because of the comments,” Tkachuk said in a post-game media scrum. “I know I get booed when I’m in L.A. He gets booed when he’s here … Stuff just boils over time.”

Indeed, Monday’s focal points have been feuding since Tkachuk’s rookie campaign, when the rising-star left-winger was suspended for an elbow to Doughty’s chops and later blasted the Norris Trophy winner for characterizing him as a dirty player, saying “I expected more from him, honestly, than to go right to the media and start complaining after a loss.”

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