Avalanche wins OT thriller against Flames, takes 3-1 series lead
The Denver Post
Avalanche fans went from “we’re going to lose” to “we won” in less than 20 seconds.
The Avalanche, just 12 seconds after killing off a Calgary Flames power play in overtime, saw right winger Mikko Rantanen go to one knee and one-time a blast from the left circle to defeat the Calgary Flames 3-2 at the Pepsi Center and complete a remarkable comeback in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.
Before another sellout crowd of 18,102, Colorado rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period and now leads the series 3-1 after winning its third in a row. Game 5 is Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, where the Western Conference top-seeded Flames will be in danger of being eliminated.
“It’s huge to go up 3-1, but we’re not done yet,” said Avs goalie Philipp Grubauer (35 saves), who made a big kick-stop on Flames center Mikael Backlund shortly before Rantanen’s goal. “They’re probably going to come even harder in Calgary and we got to win the next one.”
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