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MacKinnon's OT winner nudges Avalanche past Flames to tie series

MacKinnon's OT winner nudges Avalanche past Flames to tie series

The Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche meet Monday in game three of the National Hockey League first round at the Pepsi Center. Calgary was generating pressure on the power play, but T.J. Brodie couldn't control a bouncing puck at the blue line, and Nieto sped away on a breakaway that he finished with a top-shelf wrist shot. MacKinnon had seven shots on goal and 12 attempts.

The Flames took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs first round matchup Thursday, 4-0.

The only cheers heard at home during the regular season were of the Bronx variety as Smith struggled at times, posting an.889 save percentage on home ice.

The Saddledome-silencing snipe came just over eight minutes into overtime, capping a dramatic turn of events that finished with one of the game's biggest stars showing everyone why.

Smith's trapper, which has robbed the Avalanche of so many great chances early in this series, was beaten in dramatic fashion on MacKinnon's seventh shot of the night. Called a goal on the ice, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar challenged it, suggesting it was deflected by a high stick, but the goal stood after a lengthy review.

"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", Bednar said. "He's been playing great and we've got to do a better job in front of him". 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. I just wanted to bring it to my backhand and I saw open ice there.

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It took until 14:25 of the second period for the game's first goal, but it was worth the wait as Mangiapane's unassisted goal was a highlight-reel effort. We're a good team - we all believe in each other.

"We're going to learn our lesson and play Game 3 with a lot more urgency".

Well, he put a black mark on it. Nathan MacKinnon ruined their night, and that's what we're all here for. "We're thrilled to be going back 1-1 and get back in front of that Pepsi Center crowd and try to get a lead in the series".

The shutout was Smith's first in the postseason since May 20, 2012, when he made 36 stops while with the Phoenix Coyotes to shut out the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference final.

"As good as Calgary was in Game 1, and even tonight, I thought we were one step ahead", said Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog, whose club has indeed been the better of the two in a first round series now tied 1-1.