Should the Leafs hold on to win, not only would they reverse their two-year trend of losing in the first round of the playoffs, they would win a series for the first time since the 2003-04 season. The 20-year-old signed a three-year deal with Colorado last Sunday, a day after his college season ended when MA lost in the Frozen Four championship game. His goal arrived just six seconds after Erik Johnson took a penalty for high sticking.
"Halfway through the game, he scored a goal [which was waved off] and had two breakaways", Flames coach Bill Peters said postgame.
If the Flames can't pull out a win in Game 5 on Friday night, it will mark the first time each conference's top seed is eliminated in the first round.
The Flames outshot the Avs 14-10 in the second period Friday, but still trailed 4-1.
Gaudreau frittered away opportunities twice in the first period when Calgary desperately needed to play with the comfort of a lead.
Let's take a look at where things went wrong for the Flames.
They face a must-win scenario when the series returns to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday. In overtime, Backlund had a ideal view on Rantanen's winning shot soaring right past him. It's on to the second round, where Colorado faces the victor of the Vegas-San Jose series. Monahan fared slightly better, picking up a goal and an assist through the five games, but was almost invisible on the ice for a significant portion of the series. Colorado restored its two-goal lead about seven minutes into the second when Colin Wilson one-timed a pass from Rantanen. He saved 50 of 56 in a 6-2 loss in Game 3. Colorado's 46 hits were the most in a playoff game in club history.
The Avalanche are making back-to-back appearances in the playoffs for the first time since earning 11 straight trips from 1994-95 to 2005-06. Grubauer posted a 1.90 goals-against average against the Flames.
"The season we had we were not expecting to go out in five games obviously in the first round", Giordano said. The Avs won the series in five games.
On Monday, April 15, the Nashville Predators defeated the Dallas Stars 3-2.
Colorado was the more confident team after coming from behind to win both the second and fourth games of the series 3-2 in overtime, and decisively beating Calgary 6-2 in Game 3. Once it did, he dropped to his left knee to give a little extra. He scored in his NHL debut, immediately signaling that he is ready for hockey's biggest stage. This is the first series they have won since 2008. There were no goals in the first two periods as neither team could put the puck in the other's net.
Derek Ryan celebrates after scoring in the third period.
Kasperi Kapanen gave the Leafs the game victor on a 3-on-2 just two minutes later. I'm not Jets fan, but I have less love for the Blues. That forced OT, and Rantanen also scored the game-winner.
Neal was scoreless in the series' first four games. Schwartz continued his goal scoring for the Blues with a hat trick and picked up three of his four goals in the series on Saturday.
St. Louis gets to rest up and prepare for the victor of the series right below ...