The Colorado Avalanche eliminated the Calgary Flames from the postseason in five games Friday night with a one-sided 5-1 victory. Along with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, it marked the first time both No. 1 seeds lost in the first round in the expansion era.
Mikko Rantanen first scored late in the opening period, giving the Avalanche a 2-0 lead. His first of the night ultimately stood as the game-winner since the Flames could only muster one goal throughout the contest. The 22-year old later assisted on Colin Wilson’s first goal of the night to help double the lead. Finally, with just under a minute elapsed in the final frame, Colorado’s top right-winger scored a powerplay goal off a one-timer to make it a 5-1 game and put the game, and series to bed. After failing to record a point in Game 1, Rantanen has strung together four consecutive multi-point games for a total of nine points, and was a major factor in the Avalanche upsetting the Flames and advancing to Round 2.
The top line of the Avalanche racked up 21 points in the series and it proved to be too much for the Flames to handle.