How the Flames couldn’t counter the Avalanche’s onslaught

Now that the ashes have settled, most fans will remember the 2018-19 Calgary Flames as the top seed in the West that bowed out in the first round, rather than the 50 win Pacific Division Champions. The recency of the first round exit, losing in five games against the underdog team, will mask a lot…

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What went wrong for the Flames and where do we go from here?

Weirdly, it wasn't the most shocking or heartbreaking playoff exit of the season. The Calgary Flames, winners of the Pacific Division, winners of the Western Conference, and second overall in the NHL only to the powerhouse Tampa Bay Lightning, saw their season come to an end on home ice last night. After winning the first…

About Last Night Round 1 Game 5: The season’s over for the Flames

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: Teammates of the Calgary Flames acknowledge the crowd after Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Colorado Avalanche on April 19, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames returned to the Saddledome trying to extend their postseason. With their backs against the wall, the Flames needed to string together three straight wins to get past the Colorado Avalanche. Things went south early for the Flames. Midway through the first, the Avalanche opened up the scoring. Gabriel Landeskog tipped a Tyson…

About Last Night Round 1 Game 4: Flames undone by poor puck possession in crucial Game 4 loss

DENVER, CO - APRIL 17: Mikko Rantanen #96 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates after scoring the game winning goal against the Calgary Flames in Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

After what can only be described as a nightmare of a Game 3, the Calgary Flames looked to bounce back and tie their Round 1 series up at two games a piece. Mike Smith got his fourth straight start in net and looked to lock it down for the Flames. The first period started out…

About Last Night Round 1 Game 3: Flames dominated by Avalanche, blown out in Denver

DENVER, CO - APRIL 15: Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates after scoring a goal against the Calgary Flames in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 15, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 6-2. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

With the series tied at one game a piece, the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche headed to the mile high city for game three on Monday night. Coming off the overtime defeat on Saturday, the Flames were looking to regain their home ice advantage edge. The Flames would make one alteration to their lineup, with…

About Last Night Round 1 Game 2: Flames lose in overtime, series evened by Avalanche

After taking the first game of the series on Thursday, the Calgary Flames looked to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Colorado Avalanche. Coming off a 4-0 win, the Flames would keep the same lineup heading into game two. The Avalanche would surprisingly do the same, but hoping this time around to get a…

About Last Night Round 1 Game 1: Smith steals the show as Flames shutout Avalanche

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 11: Andrew Mangiapane #88 (C) of the Calgary Flames celebrates with his team after scoring his team's first goal against the Colorado Avalanche in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 15, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Could you feel that electricity in the city of Calgary last night? The C of Red sure could, and as it turned out, so could the Flames themselves. With the regular season in the rear-view mirror, playoff time had officially arrived in the city of Calgary. The Flames looked to Mike Smith as their Game…

Everything you need to know about the Colorado Avalanche

It took until the last day of the season for it to be official, but the Calgary Flames will open the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs with a first round matchup against the Colorado Avalanche. As Game 1 approaches on Thursday night at the Saddledome, here is everything you need to know about the Avalanche this…

About Last Night #82: Flames fall to Oilers in regular season finale

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 6: Mark Jankowski #77 of the Calgary Flames is knocked down by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game on April 6, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Just like that, 82 regular season games have come and gone. The Calgary Flames were in action against their provincial rivals last night for their final tune-up before the playoffs. Although the game had appeared to have little meaning for both teams, that actually wasn't the case. Playing for some final bragging rights, Johnny Gaudreau's…

Sunday Census: Best regular season performance, the 6th defenseman, and the optimal third line

Welcome back to The Sunday Census. Throughout the week, The Win Column will be posing topical and intriguing polls on Twitter (@wincolumnblog) to gauge the fan-base’s stance on pressing issues. Want to make sure your opinion is taken into effect? Vote in the polls, start a debate, and propose alternative suggestions on the polls! https://twitter.com/wincolumnblog/status/1114543814058827776…