NHL playoffs 2019: Flames’ Mike Smith information shutout, help in Sport 1 win over Avalanche | NHL


Mike Smith had so many memorable saves within the Flames’ Sport 1 shutout of the Avalanche, he might change his identify to Mariano Rivera.

Enjoying in his first playoff recreation in seven years (Could 22, 2012, with the Arizona Coyotes), Smith turned away all 26 Colorado Avalanche pictures en path to a Four-Zero victory.

“Oh, unbelievable,” Smith mentioned when requested postgame by Sportsnet’s Ryan Leslie about how the win felt. “It has been some time since I’ve performed a playoff recreation. I did not fairly bear in mind what it was like however it did not take lengthy to determine it out. What a sense. An enormous win right here at dwelling. What a approach to begin the collection.”

Mike Smith and Smitty are trending in 🇨🇦 and for good purpose …#Flames | #BringTheRed | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/TXcwFCQwoq

— z – Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) April 12, 2019

Mike Smith is the 12th goaltender in NHL historical past to go at the least 2,500 days between playoff video games and first since Curtis McElhinney in 2018 (three,276 days). #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/5Y34J56KTH

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 12, 2019

Mike Smith grew to become the primary goaltender in @NHLFlames franchise historical past to report a shutout in a series-opening recreation. #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/8Qzwmjff8I

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 12, 2019

Not solely was Smith efficient in internet, however he additionally lent his stick in ethical assist.

Mike Smith is the supportive good friend all of us want in our lives. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/QH6qwU2RP5

— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) April 12, 2019

Whereas he was it, Smith assisted on Calgary’s closing purpose, an empty-netter by Matthew Tkachuk with 2:45 remaining within the third interval. Smith grew to become the 18th goalie all time to tally an help and a shutout in a playoff recreation. Predators netminder Pekka Rinne was the final goalie to do it (April 16, 2017, vs. the Chicago Blackhawks), whereas Martin Brodeur did it thrice.

Add an help for Mike Smith on @TKACHUKycheese_’s empty internet purpose. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/GJAlWm7ZCj

— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) April 12, 2019

Smith’s effort additionally elicited a “Smitty! Smitty!” chant from the hometown followers, one thing the 37-year-old veteran appreciated.

“Truthfully, I’ve by no means heard something like that earlier than in my profession,” he mentioned. “It provides you confidence.”

Smith ought to count on to listen to one other flurry of cheers if he can maintain the Avalanche off the scoreboard when the collection resumes Saturday night time. 

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