Colorado Avalanche: Top 5 Moments from 2019 Round 1

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: Calgary Flames Left Wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) and the teammates shake hands with Colorado Avalanche Defenceman Nikita Zadorov (16) and his team after the end of their season following the loss of Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs where the Calgary Flames hosted the Colorado Avalanche on April 19, 2019, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. (Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: Calgary Flames Left Wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) and the teammates shake hands with Colorado Avalanche Defenceman Nikita Zadorov (16) and his team after the end of their season following the loss of Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs where the Calgary Flames hosted the Colorado Avalanche on April 19, 2019, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. (Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – APRIL 17: Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen (96) celebrates his game tying goal against the Ca;gary Flames with teammate Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) in the third period during the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at the Pepsi Center April 17, 2019. Rantanen also scored the game winner in overtime, winning the game 3-2. (Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) /

Mikko Rantanen’s Overtime Goal

At the other end of the ice in Game 4, we had a very different scene. We had our Finnish star, Mikko Rantanen making the game-winning goal in overtime.

Rantanen came into the playoffs from a career season, scoring 31 goals and recording a total of 87 points. Of course, he also came straight into the playoffs off an injury that kept him out from March 21.

What’s more, he had disappeared last year in the playoffs. Many fans and sports writers criticized him and were leery of what this series would yield.

Well, it yielded Mikko’s overtime goal in Game 4:

That is a Rantanen Special, going down on his knee to score. Read more about that goal here.

That win for the Colorado Avalanche was crucial because it erased home ice advantage for Calgary since it put the Avs up 3-1 in the series.

And what a thrilling win. But let’s look at another thrilling Mikko goal.