"We're not just happy to be here", said MacKinnon, whose team was eliminated in the opening round by top-ranked Nashville in six games previous year. "It's been a while for this organization, and I've personally never won a round".
"Obviously we were the big underdogs and no one picked us to win", MacKinnon said.
The 23-year-old MacKinnon piled up eight points - three goals and five helpers - in five outings against the Flames.
"For anyone who doesn't think MacKinnon is not one of the best if not the best, they might want to look at this series", Flames captain Mark Giordano said. He took a late tripping penalty that led to Rantanen's tying goal in regulation.
Schwartz scored all three of the Blues goals to claim a hat trick, and that's coming off of scoring the Blues' Game 5 victor with about 15 seconds left to stun Winnipeg, and maybe partially explain why the Jets seemed to lack a spark on Saturday.
Philipp Grubauer, who finished with 35 saves in Wednesday night's victory, has a.933 save percentage in this series and turned aside 125 of 134 shots.
T.J. Brodie scored for the Flames, and Mike Smith finished with 27 saves.
Dating to expansion in 1967-68, this marks the first time the top two teams in each division or conference or the teams with the two best records have been eliminated in the opening round, according to the league. The Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning were swept out of the postseason by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
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The NHL's highest-scoring team on home ice this season mustered only one in Game 5. "He tried, I'm telling you, he tried".
The Predators will try their best to find an answer for Benn, Seguin, and Radulov, but performances like these make you wonder if they can be denied.
Gaudreau had one point in the entire series (an assist in Game 2), though he arguably should have had a goal in Game 5. His frustration continued Friday.
In the second period, Gaudreau appeared to score his first goal of the series, only to have it waved off after teammate Sam Bennett was ruled to have interfered with Grubauer. Just 16 seconds after another missed Gaudreau breakaway chance, Rantanen doubled Colorado's lead.
The top-seeded Flames went on to lose the game and the series to the eighth-seeded Avalanche.
Colorado was the more confident team after coming from behind to win both the second and fourth games of th e series 3-2 in overtime, and decisively beating Calgary 6-2 in Game 3. The Avalanche carried play for most of the contest in a wide-open game, outshooting the Flames 52-37 for the game and 20-12 from the third period over.
Colorado was the first team to advance in the Western Conference. "Right now it doesn't feel good. I played against him a lot and he's a great player, but this was a whole different level we saw out there in this playoff".
"It's sour right now because a couple games we let slip away". Calgary desperately needs to be playing from ahead tonight, so the first period is going to be critical for them. Avs F Derick Brassard (illness) and D Samuel Girard (upper body) were scratches.