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Flames' Mike Smith earns redemption with heroic effort in Game 1 win

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CALGARY — Amidst endless chants of his name he hadn’t heard all year long, Mike Smith skated off the Saddledome ice Saturday night being feted as the game’s first star.

He’d just made 26 saves in 4-0 win to stake the Flames to a 1-0 series lead over Colorado that marked his first playoff win in seven years.

It’s was Calgary’s first post-season win in four years, and they did it on the power of its depth players, a possessed Mathew Tkachuk and, of course, the 37-year-old netminder.

In a fast-paced, hard-hitting game of tremendous playoff hockey, Smith first drew chants of “Smit-ty, Smit-ty” midway through the first period before glove saves on Gabe Landeskog and Derick Brassard during a penalty kill had a raucous C of Red crowd chanting it in unison.

By night’s end he’d had a half-dozen........

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