Published: Sun, April 21, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Avalanche move on; Leafs one win away

Avalanche move on; Leafs one win away

The Stanley Cup is up for grabs, and this year's playoffs are shaping up to be wacky.

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Calgary Flames 5-1 in Game 5 on Friday night; they advance to the Western Conference semifinals, where they will face the victor of the series between the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights.

Gabriel Landeskog also scored, while Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie each had three assists as the Avalanche won a playoff series for the first time since 2008. "We were playing our playoffs since March". "We couldn't score. We couldn't make the big plays at the big times".

Colorado went 8-0-2 in games 70 to 81 before finally clinching the second wild-card spot. "I think a couple games, those OT games, we had the lead in both games and they found a way to tie it and win in OT".

"You're grinding game in, game out, and you have to find that playoff desperation even down the stretch and that's what we've been able to do and that's taken us right into where we're at right now".

"He's a special kid", said Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar.

"We had a good team here, and we didn't show that here through the five games", Monahan said. It was a lost night in a lost playoff series in a season where they had won the second-most games in franchise history. We gained some confidence from it. "The downs have been like, 'OK, how do we get better.' The ups have been, 'Let's keep getting better.' I feel we continue to get better in this series, which is a good feeling for all of us".

"It's awesome to win a round", MacKinnon said. They face a must-win scenario when the series returns to Calgary for Game 5 on Friday.

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In four playoff games, Gaudreau sits outside the top-40 shot producers in the National Hockey League with 12 attempts in four games, while he had just five shots on the road in Games 3 and 4. Colorado restored its two-goal lead about seven minutes into the second when Colin Wilson one-timed a pass from Rantanen.

Throughout the regular season, Gaudreau was a consistent threat from anywhere in the offensive zone to get a puck through to a goaltender.

"He was unbelievable", said MacKinnon. "Hopefully it sits well with us, we learn from this, and come back next year and learn from this". With the teams locked in a scoreless tie after two periods, Toronto's Jake Muzzin found himself alone at the blue line, skated to the left circle and passed to Matthews, who notched his fourth goal of the playoffs from the right faceoff circle at 11:33.

"I don't think we played our best consistently through this series, and you have to be your best if you want to move on", Smith said. "He turned it up to another level". He missed the net on the former and was stopped by Grubauer on the latter.

It's hard to believe what transpired in Game 4.

"The series is much closer to what four games to one says?" "And now the season's over", Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau said.

In particular, was his pad stop off Mikael Backlund in Game 4.

The Colorado Avalanche doomed them to a summer of sorrow with a 5-1 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome. That's a game saver. The puck hit the middle of Grubauer's pad. "Everybody's hungry. Even after this game, guys are not celebrating too much". There's lots of work to do.

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