Colin Wilson and Mikko Rantanen each score twice as Avalanche beat Flames to advance

Colin Wilson and Mikko Rantanen each had two goals and an assist, and the visiting Colorado Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 5-1 in Game 5 of their Western Conference playoff series Friday night to advance to the second round.

Gabriel Landeskog also scored, and Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie each had three assists as the Avalanche won a playoff series for the first time since 2008. Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves, including one on a penalty shot by Johnny Gaudreau in the first period.

T.J. Brodie scored for the Flames, and Mike Smith finished with 27 saves.

Calgary, which finished first in the West at 50-25-7, was beaten by a team that sprinted the final two weeks of the regular season to capture the second wild card and then won four straight in this series after losing the opener.

The Flames’ ouster marked the first time both conference champions were eliminated in the first round. Tampa Bay, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, was swept by Columbus.

Calgary ranked second in goal scoring in the regular season behind the Lightning and tied with the Sharks. However, after opening with a 4-0 victory in Game 1, the Flames didn’t score more than two goals in any game. The NHL’s highest-scoring team on home ice this season mustered only one in Game 5 despite head coach Bill Peters juggling his lines in an attempt to spark the offense.

Gaudreau, Calgary’s top goal scorer, was limited to one assist in the series.

On his penalty shot, Gaudreau fired the puck wide. He also saw what would have been his first goal of these playoffs waved off for goaltender interference in the second.

Colorado was the more confident team after coming from behind to win both the second and fourth games of the series 3-2 in overtime, and decisively beating Calgary 6-2 in Game 3.

Maple leafs 2, Bruins 1: Toronto has grown accustomed to playoff disappointment in recent years.

However, after putting together possibly their best defensive effort of the season, the Maple Leafs are on the brink of getting out of the first round for the first time since 2004.

Auston Matthews broke a scoreless tie in the third period, Kasperi Kapanen added another goal as visiting Toronto held on to beat Boston and take a 3-2 lead in the East series.

“They were better than us in the third and finished plays,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We’ve to generate more.”

With the goalie pulled for an extra skater, David Krejci got the Bruins on the board with 43.7 seconds left, but Boston couldn’t tie it up.

“Total team victory,” Toronto’s Zach Hyman said. “Guys were battling. It took a full 60 to get it done, but we got it done”

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