Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Calgary Flames

THE SKINNY: FLAMES VS. AVALANCHE - GAME 5

Flames look to win pivotal contest at home

by MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

GAME 5 - WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND - AVALANCHE LEAD SERIES 3-1

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

 

SERIES SCHEDULE

Game 1: Flames 4, Avalanche 0

>> RELATED: Watch Game Recap
>> RELATED: Game Story

Game 2: Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT)

>> RELATED: Watch Game Recap
>> RELATED: Game Story

Game 3: Avalanche 6, Flames 2

>> RELATED: Watch Game Recap
>> RELATED: Game Story

Game 4: Avalanche 3, Flames 2 (OT)

>> RELATED: Watch Game Recap
>> RELATED: Game Story

 

x-Game 6: April 21, TBD - Pepsi Center

x-Game 7: April 23, TBD - Scotiabank Saddledome

x-if necessary

 

GAME-DAY STORIES

 

>> RELATED: SAY WHAT - 'EVERYONE'S DIALLED IN'

>> RELATED: WATCH - PRE-GAME COMMENTS

>> RELATED: PROJECTED LINEUP

>> RELATED: CZARNIK DRAWS INTO LINEUP

>> RELATED: BENNETT PLAYING WITH JOHNNY AND MONY

 

 

LEADING SCORERS

Flames:

1. Sam Bennett (1-3-4)

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

3. Elias Lindholm (1-1-2), Sean Monahan (1-1-2), Mark Giordano (0-2-2)

Avalanche:

1. Mikko Rantanen (3-3-6)

2. Nathan MacKinnon (3-2-5)

3. Matt Nieto (2-2-4)

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Powerplay:

Flames - 26.3%

Avs - 15%

Penalty kill:

Flames - 85%

Avs - 73.7%

 

Video: Flames TV sets up tonight's Game 5 tilt

 

SETTIN' IT UP

Mikko Rantanen was the Flames' kryptonite in Game 4, potting both the game-tying goal on the powerplay with under three minutes left, before one-timing home the overtime-winner 10:23 into the extra frame to take the game 3-2, and the series to 3-1 in this Western Conference First Round matchup. 

The Flames notched the first two goals in the tilt with Elias Lindholm opening the scoring and Derek Ryan putting the Flames up 2-0 just 6:58 into the third.

But just 1:12 after Ryan's goal, the Avs' J.T. Compher scored to pullt his team back within one.

Mike Smith had another busy night, making 49 saves and posting a .942 save percentage. Despite the loss, his numbers through the first four games of the series are impressive: .931 save percentage and a 2.78 goals-against average.

The Flames spent Wednesday night in Denver and travelled back home on Thursday afternoon.

"This one definitely hurts," said Smith after the game. "We played better. It was a more competitive game and we played more up to our speed. We had our chances, but ... we had a two-goal lead with 10 minutes left and we couldn't find a way to push it along and win it regulation."

This is now a must-win situation for the Flames. The last time a team came back from a 3-1 series deficit was back in in 2015 when the New York Rangers took out the Washington Capitals in the Second Round. 

"It will be tough," said Lindholm. "We'd rather it be 2-2 than 3-1. We'll go back to Calgary now. We have a good crowd there for us, and we'll try to come back and play even better than we did today and hopefully get a win. If we do, then it's game on again."

 

Video: "We know what we're capable of"

 

THIS, THAT, & THE OTHER

THIS: Flames rookie Juuso Valimaki made his post-season debut on Wednesday, notching an assist in the contest. Valimaki joins LIndholm, Derek Ryan, Rasmus Andersson, Matthew Tkachuk, and Andrew Mangiapane as those who have collected their first playoff points in this series … THAT: The Flames are 1-1 at home in this series with their win coming in Game 1 when they blanked the Avalanche 4-0. The Flames were one of the top teams in the NHL this season in front of the 'C of Red' with their 26-10-5 home record. Calgary had the most goals on home ice this season with 166 … THE OTHER: Smith now owns the third- and fourth-most saves in a playoff game in franchise history with his 50 stops on Monday and his 49 saves on Wednesday. 

 

Video: "Bottom line ... we need to get back to our game"

 

QUOTABLE

"You've got to have some mental toughness ... it's one day at a time, it's a shift at a time, and then it's a period at a time. We've got to get off to a good start tomorrow." 

- Head coach Bill Peters

View More