"Honestly I've never heard anything like that before in my career", Smith said of the chants, according to Postmedia's Kristen Anderson.
Yet, Calgary's 37-year-old goaltender held the fort until midway through the game when Matt Nieto capitalized on a T.J. Brodie gaffe at Colorado's blue line, raced in alone and buried the opener past Smith. MacKinnon had seven shots on goal and 12 attempts.
Backlund made it a 2 for 4 night with the extra man when his goal at 17:01 of the third made it 3-0.
With the Avalanche's 3-2 OT win, they head home to Colorado with the series tied 1-1.
"I mean, we're fine", said Flames forward Sam Bennett, who had two assists, four hits and a cut across his cheek to show for another night of full engagement.
"Our killers did an unbelievable job to kill off all those penalties and I was able to make a couple big saves there in the second, then we go down the ice and (Mangiapane) scores a big goal for us, so obviously that's a big momentum swing in the game", Smith said. "I liked the speed we played with", Landeskog said.
This was a very different Avalanche team than the one that lost Game 1 to the Flames 4-0.
Unfortunately, the Flames not only got back into the game with a power play goal, they mustered some play in front of Philipp Grubauer and got a second. Maybe those stakes explain why they're so focused right now, but either way, it seems like Colorado could make this an interesting Round 1 series. After both Johnny Gaudreau and Bennett had their attempts blocked, Monahan chipped a high offering into the net.
Flames' Captain Mark Giordano was on the ice when MacKinnon scored his game victor and although Gio credits the Avs for executing a good play, he feels his team needs to step up their game.
"It felt a lot better than the other", Smith quipped, when asked how tonight's chants felt.
So Game 1 was fun. On a power play, Bennett backed out front from behind the net before zipping a no-look backhand pass across to Andersson, who had an empty net.
"We have to be better. We had moments tonight but we have to put together a full 60".
"For us, we're not going to just roll over because we're running into a hot goalie". Game three will take place on Monday night at the Pepsi Center.
The game went into overtime, and let me tell you, my heart is having a hard time taking sudden death overtime.