Smith Helps Flames Stop the Avalanche

Mike Smith made 26 saves as the Calgary Flames shut out the Colorado Avalanche 4-0 on Thursday night to win Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference quarter-final series.

It took until 14:25 of the second period for the game's first goal Andrew Mangiapane found the back of the net.

Matthew Tkachuk with two goals, including an empty-netter, and Mikael Backlund also scored as Calgary won its first playoff game since beating Anaheim 4-3 in overtime on May 5, 2015.

A big moment in the game came early in the second as the Avs went to the power play for the third consecutive time. With all the momentum with the visitors, Smith made two key glove stops 30 seconds apart to keep the game scoreless.