National Hockey League roundup: Avs put Flames on brink with OT win

Tanya Simon
April 20, 2019

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar, front, loses control of a pass as Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund defends in the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey playoff series Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Denver.

Neal spent Friday's gameday skate working as an extra with the Flames facing a must-win game down 3-1 in the series.

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Shortly after the Flames failed to convert on a power play, the Avalanche raced up the ice, and Carl Soderberg fed Rantanen a cross-ice pass that he one-timed for the victor.

Calgary goaltender Mike Smith had an incredible 44-save effort in regulation. Makar made his National Hockey League debut on Monday night - and promptly put the Avalanche up 3-0 with a goal in the first period. 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. Morgan Rielly added two assists for Toronto. The goal gave the Avs a 3-0 lead in the first period. Pekka Rinne, who made 40 saves in a 3-2 win over the Stars in Game 3 on Monday, yielded four goals on eight shots before being relieved by Juuse Saros (20 saves). Colorado converted on 2 of their 8 power play opportunities in Game 3, which now puts them at just 2 for 16 for the series (12.5 percent).

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