Mangiapane, Smith lift Flames over Avalanche in Game 1

Paola Ditto
Aprile 16, 2019

Despite being the team that barely made it into the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, it felt like the Avalanche were close to having a game stolen from them.

"I haven't quite heard anything like that before in my career, it gives you some confidence when you hear your name getting chanted", Smith said. The Avs were in serious danger of falling down 2-0, but J.T. Compher scored inside the final three minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime. MacKinnon has looked like a man on a mission at the start of the series, generating 12 shots on goal in two games. Calgary went 1 for 5 on the power play, while the Avs' power play, which ranked No. 7 in the regular season, went 0 for 4 to fall to 0 for 8 in the postseason.

Now is as good a time as any for Smith, who made 26 saves for his first playoff shutout in almost seven years as the Flames blanked the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series. "I was able to make a couple big saves there in the second, then we go down the ice and (Mangiapane) scores a big goal for us, so obviously that's a big momentum swing in the game".

The Flames lead the series 1-0 after winning game one, 4-0, on Thursday.

"Great to see the fans really get behind him", said Flames captain Mark Giordano. Maybe those stakes explain why they're so focused right now, but either way, it seems like Colorado could make this an interesting Round 1 series. Also, overtime was the bane of the Avs' existence for most of the season, so I didn't have high hopes.

Bennett then notched his second assist of the night on a goal from Sean Monahan that put the Flames up 2-1 late in the third period.

Flames' Captain Mark Giordano was on the ice when MacKinnon scored his game victor and although Gio credits the Avs for executing a good play, he feels his team needs to step up their game.

With chants of "Smitty" raining down at Scotiabank Saddledome, Smith made a number of important stops throughout the game.

Make no mistake, the Avalanche deserved to win this game. On a power play, Bennett backed out front from behind the net before zipping a no-look backhand pass across to Andersson, who had an empty net. We're a good team - we all believe in each other.

"For us, we're not going to just roll over because we're running into a hot goalie".

The series continues on Monday night with Game 3 at the Pepsi Center in Colorado. He didn't have almost the same impact on this game, and that's what Zadorov can provide that no other player on the Avs can.

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