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Avalanche douse Flames as Calgary fanned from playoffs

It’s taken just nine games for both No. 1 seeds from their respective conferences to be ousted from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nine. And the team that tied an NHL record for wins in a regular season went out in four. The 107-point Calgary Flames resisted for an addition game as the eighth-place Colorado Avalanche dispatched them in five games after a 5-1 win on Friday. In the NHL’s storied history, over 100 years of existence, never have the top seeds from each conference from the regular season been put out in the first round. After the Columbus Blue Jackets shocked the hockey world earlier this week, the Avalanche sent similar tremors when they fanned the Flames, Colorado’s first series win in 11 years It’s hard to imagine. ...
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