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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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Below, watch the game tying and winning goals from Rantanen plus the full game highlights.

 

 

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Strange, very strange, to be mutedly rooting for the Avs.

But between Tkachuk and Bennett, they could open up a flourishing jerk store in Calgary.

I just want that team out.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/18/19 at 10:27 AM ET

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But between Tkachuk and Bennett, they could open up a flourishing jerk store in Calgary

Don’t forget the all time bestseller, James Neal.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/18/19 at 10:52 AM ET

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To me this is the most entertaining series to watch. Back and forth fast action but no shortage of physical play. Both goaltenders have had some superb play and a lot of skill on display.

That Colorado top line is a beast. The team is going to get even better in coming years.

Calgary isn’t out of it yet but if they cannot contain that top line there season will end in disappointment.

Posted by evileye on 04/18/19 at 01:07 PM ET

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That top line for Colorado doesn’t get enough attention - or maybe enough views in the east.

They seem like a team still in formation, but once Grubauer found his game and took over
they have enough pieces to be competitive and keep adding. Cole and Calvert are two gritty, veteran
players you badly need against a team like Calgary.

It’s funny that Neal has become so easy to forget.
Definitely one of the dirtiest better offensive players of his earlier career
but not nearly as noticeable now.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/18/19 at 02:56 PM ET

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