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Colorado Avalanche and Avs Nation Celebrating Nathan MacKinnon’s Goal

16 April 2019

The Colorado Avalanche managed to tie their first-round series with the Calgary Flames on Saturday night after Nathan MacKinnon found the back of the net in overtime.

Matthew Tkachuk with two goals, including an empty-netter, and Mikael Backlund also scored as Calgary won its first playoff game since beating Anaheim 4-3 in overtime on May 5, 2015. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with one goal, Mikko Rantanen has two assists and Erik Johnson has nine shots on goal.

MacKinnon tied for the team lead in shots on goal with seven and he led both teams with 12 shot attempts. He now has 17 points in 15 career playoff games. Also, overtime was the bane of the Avs' existence for most of the season, so I didn't have high hopes.

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

As this National Hockey League matchup migrates southward, shifting some 1,700 kilometres along the Rocky Mountains, the Calgary Flames have discovered that they can very much count on a couple of chaps.

Make no mistake, the Avalanche deserved to win this game. "He's been playing great and we've got to do a better job in front of him".

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"First of all, (Grubauer) makes the save and it's a big save because of the time and the score and you're in overtime and he made a lot of big saves tonight, as did Smith, but to give us that save at that time".

"He's a good goaltender, no doubt - he's making the saves he should make and then he's making some on top of that as well", said Landeskog, whose club fired 39 shots on goal. 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. "Smitty!" were heard throughout the night from the crowd just like in the series opener.

"I don't look at anything as a big upset at all, one way or another", said Flames head coach Bill Peters, referring to some of the surprises on the out-of-town scoreboard, including the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning losing their first two games against the eighth-seeded Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference. We're a good team - we all believe in each other.

A big moment in the game came early in the second as the Avs went to the power play for the third consecutive time. "Down late or running into a hot goalie, we know we can win games against this team".

The series now shifts to Colorado with Game 3 going Monday night.

"It is going to come down to some of the grit and determination and willingness to hang onto the puck and generate offensively like we have all year", Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said before Game 2.

Colorado Avalanche and Avs Nation Celebrating Nathan MacKinnon’s Goal