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Avalanche finally break through against Mike Smith, Flames

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CALGARY – Two nights after stealing the spotlight, Mike Smith came within a hair of outright stealing a game.

Alas, justice was ultimately served in the form of a 3-2 overtime win for the Colorado Avalanche ending with a Nathan MacKinnon rocket that beat Smith clean glove side.

The Saddledome-silencing snipe came just over eight minutes into overtime, capping a dramatic turn of events that finished with one of the game’s biggest stars showing everyone why.

“As good as Calgary was in Game 1, and even tonight, I thought we were one step ahead,” said Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog, whose club has indeed been the better of the two in a first round series now tied 1-1.

“We were winning battles and to be honest with you we deserved this one. Now, in playoffs it doesn’t always work that way, or in hockey in general. The team that deserves to win doesn’t always win. But we believed, and now we’re going to carry this momentum into Game 3.”

After being stonewalled by Smith Thursday in a 4-0 loss peppered with endless chants of “Smitty, Smitty,” the Avalanche responded with a dominating performance which had the Flames on their heels early........

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