Down 3-2 headed into the third, the Calgary Flames came out firing in desperation in game 6 of their Western Conference matchup against the Los Angeles Kings, but Tuukka Rask turned away all 18 shots in the period as Auston Matthews and the gang of misfits held on to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Playing without their number two centre and second leading scorer in the regular season for the past three games, the Kings still proved to be simply too much for the greatly outmatched Flames.
"This feels great. I don't know how to put it into words quite yet, but this is just a dream come true," said Auston Matthews. "To win my first playoff series in my rookie season and to do it surrounded by such a talented and committed group of guys is just so special." Matthews leads the playoffs in goals and points after potting 7 goals and 10 points in the series, including an assist on the Kings' second goal in their 3-2 game 6 victory.
After a shaky start in game 1 in which he was pulled after 5 goals on 24 shots, Rask was a stone wall behind the Kings' top ranked defense, holding the Flames to only 11 goals in the next 5 games.
The Kings were led by the least likely of heroes in game 6, as journeyman winger Chris Terry netted a goal in each of the first two periods, his first two career playoff goals. "It's been a long road to get here, but I can't imagine being anywhere else," he said in a post-game interview. Terry was traded to Boston in the offseason, and was plucked off waivers by the Kings in October after only suiting up in one game as a Bruin. "This is truly a day I will never forget," said the 28-year old, fighting back tears.
The Kings will now rest as they wait to see who they will face in the second round.