Something that Gaudreau has struggled with most over the first four games against the Avalanche has been buying himself time and space on the ice.
He leads the Flames with 104 games of experience in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including back-to-back appearances in the Cup Final.
That was a big, big win for the Bruins to even the series because if they would have gone down 3-1, they have never come from behind to win a series in 24 attempts. In overtime, Backlund had a ideal view on Rantanen's winning shot soaring right past him. Not only does the Calgary offense has to find another gear, but the defense with some help of the forwards to slow Colorado in the neutral zone.
"He made a good read", Backlund said. It's been one of the most fascinating one-on-one battles this entire playoff series, watching who will get the best of each other at any particular moment.
Brind'Amour not only has the Carolina Hurricanes in the playoffs in his first season as coach but has made the necessary adjustments to tie their series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals at two games apiece.
"That's the game within the game", Reirden said Friday. The 37-year-old comes in with a solid 2.87 GAA and a.926 save percentage through the first three games of the series, While the veteran was excellent in the Game 2 loss, he struggled last game, especially in the first period.
The Flames were better in Game 4 than they were in their two previous outings against the Avs, but they were still the second-best team.
"I'd love to have our foot on the gas when it's two-nothing, two-one". The Avalanche is feeling good about this series, but can they do the same going forward?
Minutes after his team had fallen in overtime, Mikael Backlund stood in front of the media in the Calgary Flames locker-room and acknowledged his mistakes. "I don't think a lot of people think we can do it but we can".
This certainly caught the attention of Colorado: Columbus upsetting top-seeded Tampa Bay in an Eastern Conference first-round series. The Flames had at least one more supporter than they're used to on Wednesday night. "We'll see what happens".
Dallas could have forward Mattias Janmark back in the lineup after a lower-body injury caused him to miss the past two games.