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THE SKINNY: FLAMES VS. AVALANCHE - GAME 3

The Flames look to re-take the series lead as the scene shifts to Denver

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

GAME 3 - WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND - SERIES TIED 1-1

8:00 p.m. MT | TV: CBC/Sportsnet | Radio: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

 

SERIES SCHEDULE:

Game 1: Flames 4, Avalanche 0

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Game 2: Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT)

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Game 4: April 17, 8 p.m. - Pepsi Center
x-Game 5: April 19, TBD - Scotiabank Saddledome
x-Game 6: April 21, TBD - Pepsi Center
x-Game 7: April 23, TBD - Scotiabank Saddledome

x-if necessary

 

LEADING SCORERS

Flames:

1. Sam Bennett (0-3-3)
2. Matthew Tkachuk (2-0-2)
3. Mikael Backlund (1-1-2), Rasmus Andersson (1-1-2)

Avalanche:

1. Mikko Rantanen (0-2-2)
2. Nathan MacKinnon (1-0-1), J.T. Compher (1-0-1), Matt Nieto (1-0-1), Gabriel Landeskog (1-0-1)

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Powerplay:

Flames - 30.0%
Avs - 0.0%

Penalty kill:

Flames - 100.0%
Avs - 70.0%

 

Video: Brendan Parker sets up Game 3 from Denver

 

GAME-DAY STORIES:

 

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SETTIN' IT UP

Nathan MacKinnon supplied the dagger at 8:27 of sudden-death overtime as the Avalanche took a 3-2 win on Saturday at the Scotiabank Saddledome to even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. Rasmus Andersson and Sean Monahan had the goals for Calgary, while Mike Smith had another sensational outing, stopping 36 of 39 shots in the contest. Monahan's goal put the Flames ahead 2-1 in the back half of the third period, but - with Avs goalie Phillip Grubauer on the bench for the extra-attacker - J.T. Compher tied the game on a goalmouth scramble with 2:39 to play, setting the stage for MacKinnon's winner. Matt Nieto had the other goal for the Avalanche. "It's a transition game, right?" said head coach Bill Peters prior to the team's flight to Denver. "You're transitioning all the time, continually, for 60, 65, 70 minutes, whatever it was, minutes. Offence to defence, defence to offence. That's the art of playing fast. They were quicker. That's the way the game works."

On Sunday, the Avalanche and 2017 fourth-overall pick Cale Maker put pen to paper on a three-year entry-level contract. The Calgary native is coming off an incredible sophomore season at the University of Massachusetts, winning the 2019 Hobey Baker Award and helping the Minutemen reach the NCAA Frozen Four Championship Game. Makar, 20, could make his NHL debut tonight with the status of fellow defenceman Samuel Girard still in question. Girard left Saturday's tilt early in OT after taking a hit from Sam Bennett, skating off under his own power but clearly favouring his left shoulder.

 

Video: MacKinnon, Maker and Bednar on facing the Flames

 

THIS, THAT, & THE OTHER

THIS: Sam Bennett recorded the first career multi-point playoff game of his NHL career with his two-assist effort in Game 2. The 22-year-old has now contributed five goals and nine points in 17 career playoff games. ... THAT: The Flames were one of the top road teams in the NHL this season, finishing with a road record of 24-15-2 away from the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames ended the regular season tied for the fewest goals allowed on the road with 98. Calgary's 24 road wins were the most in a season in franchise history, beating the previous mark of 22. Johnny Gaudreau led the Flames in points on the road with 44 (18G, 26A) of his 99 overall (36G, 63A). That's tied for the 12th-most road points in the NHL. ... THE OTHER: Travis Hamonic leads all playoff skaters in blocked shots with 12 in only two games.

 

Video: "We're looking to get our D involved more."

 

QUOTABLE:

"I think we learned a little bit of a lesson (in Game 2). We're not going to be sitting back anymore, I can tell you that for sure. ... We let them take it to us right from the start. They were faster, more physical. We can't let them dictate the play. We have to take it to them." - Sam Bennett

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