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Avalanche boot top-seeded Flames in five games

Avalanche boot top-seeded Flames in five games

Let's Eats, sports fans!

And the weirdly historic 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs continue.

"That's the game within the game", Reirden said Friday.

The old adage of "you need your best players in the post-season" is one that can get exhausted this time of year, but there's a nugget of truth in getting the most out of your stars when it counts. The best record in the West, the Calgary Flames, could soon join them if they don't snap back from a three-game losing streak against the Avalanche. Blend in the Leafs 10-3 Under mark in road games revenging a same season loss and this is one-way action.

TOP PERFORMERS: Gaudreau leads the Flames with 36 goals and has totaled 99 points.

No.1 seed Calgary have their butts firmly planted against the proverbial wall, down 3-1 in the series against Colorado, who was the last team in the postseason in the Western Conference. Colorado averages 9.4 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the league.

"I think that was the last time I was on this ice", said Colorado Avalanche defenceman with a grin. I think he kind of stepped into our lineup ... it didn't seem like the moment rattled him at all, he was just going out and playing his game and having fun.

The Avs have all of the momentum and given how this series has played out, it's hard to see the Flames winning three times in a row. Despite the Avalanche's surge, they weren't exactly a trendy pick to spring an upset on a Flames squad that amassed 107 points.

On Friday, it was the here and now which was trying to seal Game 5 and help the Avalanche advance to the second round of the playoffs and eliminate his hometown team.

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However, the play was yet another reminder that consistency is nowhere to be found in one hockey's most important rules.

Whether that's been getting stood up at the blue line or getting the puck knocked off his stick along the boards, it's been a rough go for Gaudreau in the attacking end.

"We didn't play the way we played throughout the year", Gaudreau said. The NHL's highest scoring team on home ice this season mustered only one in Game 5 despite head coach Bill Peters juggling his lines in an attempt to spark the offense. General manager Lou Lamoriello said defenseman Johnny Boychuk will miss three to four weeks with a lower-body injury.

"We haven't scored enough". You guys like to whittle it down to individuals, we don't. "We've got to find a way to win those games". "You don't have to play a flawless game to win".

Can Calgary get off the mat or is Colorado the better bet to finish off this series?

Both Gaudreau and Monahan have been far too passive returning to the defensive zone, and have been hanging their defencemen out to dry far too often.

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with the bench after scoring his team's first goal against the Calgary Flames in Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 19, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

That has been exacerbated by weak puck management from Calgary's defence this series, something that Colorado has had no issue exploiting. But I make this a true tossup and that makes for a load of value on the Avalanche.

"It's better to finish the season hot", said right winger Mikko Rantanen.