Rantanen turned in quite a series, with five goals and four assists.
The Calgary Flames, first in the Pacific Division, saw their playoff chances end at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night after the Avalanche won 5-1.
The trio of Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, and Johnny Gaudreau combined to total only five points in five games.
"We're not done yet", echoed captain Mark Giordano to the Calgary Sun. Colorado, on the other hand, struggled all season in their neutral zone defense and showed a propensity for turning the puck over in transition.
No panic, though. Just action.
"I just said he was fantastic", MacKinnon shared afterward. "We won some big games".
Either that, or summer starts early.
It was part of a tough series for the Flames' top-six as a whole. The 25-year-old winger scored a career-high 36 goals in the regular season but failed to record a point in the series.
The Flames, after claiming the top seed in the Western Conference, are first to be bounced on their side of the bracket.
"The season we had we were not expecting to go out in five games obviously in the first round", Giordano said. Going into the series, the Flames' suspect goaltending had some pundits wondering if Calgary might face disaster in the postseason. "He was outstanding. The Maple Leafs can get their first National Hockey League playoff series win in 15 years and advance to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the next round with a victory in game six Sunday in Toronto". Mikko Rantanen, who scored the equalizer and overtime victor in Game 4, and Colin White each had two goals and an assist. Left wing Matt Nieto made it 4-0 scoring his second goal of the series with eight minutes left in the second period.
"We don't lose at home", the Avalanche tweeted after the win, praising their fans for the incredible support during the heart-stopping thriller. MacKinnon would blaze through the defense himself and score; create a wide-open lane for a teammate due to the attention he garnered from the Calgary defense; or utilize his speed and strength to leave the defenseman attacked with no choice but to take a penalty. "Hopefully it sits well with us, we learn from this, and come back next year and learn from this". "It's very encouraging that we can flip the switch". Dominant in all phases of the game, the Bolts cruised to a share of the league's all-time wins record. They were the second best offensive team averaging 3.52 goals per game. Rantanen rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal 57 seconds into the third period.
No time to hang their heads, though. "I think he worked it out all the rust and then he lit it up.". Colorado's top line had their way all series.
T.J. Brodie scored for the Flames, and Mike Smith finished with 27 saves.
"I'm just one little cog", Smith said.
The Bruins threw a wrinkle at the Maple Leafs by shuffling their lines. Monahan fared slightly better, picking up a goal and an assist through the five games, but was almost invisible on the ice for a significant portion of the series. They're definitely proving they are more than a one-line team ...
"We got some bounces" Wednesday, Marchand said. "It was not the best, but we got it done".
Make no mistake, either, that the rest of the Flames organization isn't pinning this loss on Backlund.
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