MacKinnon leads Avalanche over Flames in Game 2

MacKinnon leads Avalanche over Flames in Game 2

And while the Flames swept the three-game season series and managed to pull off a win to open the playoff matchup, they're suddenly facing the type of adversity their consistency and depth took care of all season long.

"Honestly I've never heard anything like that before in my career", Smith said of the chants, according to Postmedia's Kristen Anderson.

Nieto capitalized on faulty stickwork by Calgary defenseman T.J. Brodie and ripped a shot past Mike Smith on a breakaway. The shot would be MacKinnon's 12th attempted shot of the night.

"It is going to come down to some of the grit and determination and willingness to hang onto the puck and generate offensively like we have all year", Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said before Game 2.

The Colorado Avalanche look to take advantage of home ice advantage and take a solid 2-1 series lead.

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This was a very different Avalanche team than the one that lost Game 1 to the Flames 4-0.

After being stonewalled by Smith Thursday in a 4-0 loss peppered with endless chants of "Smitty, Smitty", the Avalanche responded with a dominating performance which had the Flames on their heels early and often.

"I've said it before: Nate's a superstar and that's what superstars do", linemate Gabriel Landeskog said.

"We have to be better", Giordano said. Just a little over eight minutes into overtime, Grubauer would make a huge stop on a wide open Michael Frolik, and the Avs would transition the other way.

"For us, we're not going to just roll over because we're running into a hot goalie".

The series continues Monday night in Colorado. "Overall, I didn't think we did enough to win the hockey game, there weren't more than a handful of players I was happy with", said Bednar. "He's been playing great and we've got to do a better job in front of him". He didn't have almost the same impact on this game, and that's what Zadorov can provide that no other player on the Avs can. Also, overtime was the bane of the Avs' existence for most of the season, so I didn't have high hopes. It was the first playoff game as a head coach for Bill Peters, who failed to make the postseason in his four seasons with Carolina. 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. "They were faster. We have a fast and physical team and we didn't show it in the first".

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