Avalanche moving on in playoffs for 1st time since 2008

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They were given the boot by the last team in the Western Conference to qualify for the postseason.

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

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: Colin Wilson #22 of the Colorado Avalanche scores against the Calgary Flames in Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 19, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

It is all over now. "We felt like Game 1, we outplayed them and ever since then, the score matched our play. Kind of played a little flat-footed there in a couple games and now the season is over".

Neal shows no urgency in this lallygag backcheck, allowing a cross-ice pass to the stick of Mikko Rantanen, who makes no mistake and seals the game. Colorado's highest fliers combined for eight goals and 17 points and were truly never restrained.

LAST 10 GAMES: Avalanche: 7-2-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.5 assists, 4.1 penalties and nine penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a.929 save percentage.

That brings us to the second period of Game 5 between the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche.

"We didn't play the way we played throughout the year", Gaudreau said. After Johnny Gaudreau first failed to convert on a penalty shot and missed on a breakaway, Rantanen doubled the lead with 4:22 remaining in the first period when he banked a sharp-angled shot off goalie Mike Smith.

The Flames centre had a rough end to Wednesday's night devastating 3-2 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche, and he didn't hide from it. For the first time, the sea of red inside the arena on the Stampede Grounds had something substantive to cheer about.

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It's hard to believe what transpired in Game 4. Calgary kept applying pressure and it looked like Gaudreau had finally scored, but it was immediately waved off because of goaltender interference and the call was upheld after review.

"You have to do everything in your power to win this game".

The Flames missed the playoffs in seven of the previous 10 seasons but finished with the second-best record in the National Hockey League. It was tough. It's going to be a long summer, that's for sure. That is when they won their lone Stanley Cup.

"It's disappointing anytime you lose", Calgary coach Bill Peters said. From there, the Flames just couldn't make the most of their chances, and they seemingly paid for it immediately after each time. "He's a heck of a player and he can turn a game around, and he did that in this series". The 31-year-old signed a four-year contract as a free agent last summer but struggled through the most hard season of his career.

Matt Nieto had two short-handed goals in the series, while Tyson Barrie added five assists and logged the most ice time among Colorado skaters. But with MacKinnon, the Avs may have a top 3 player in the league.

The task they faced was monumental, but certainly not impossible.

Injuries played a role in the Columbus Blue Jackets' shocking sweep of Tampa Bay, and they could tip the balance for Nashville-Dallas, too.

On Friday, it was the here and now which was trying to seal Game 5 and help the Avalanche advance to the second round of the playoffs and eliminate his hometown team.