NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Colorado
(Wednesday, March 17th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, Colorado 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Rene Bourque tallied twice and Vesa Toskala made 32 saves as Calgary clipped Colorado, 3-2, at Pepsi Center.
Eric Nystrom picked up the other score for the Flames, who snapped a two-game slide and won for the fifth time in seven tilts to move within one point of idle Detroit for eighth place in the Western Conference.
"Overall, it was a solid road win. We knew coming in we had to play well, and we're going to have to do the same from here on out," noted Flames head coach Brent Sutter. "Every game from now on is big for us."
Chris Durno and Milan Hejduk scored for the Avalanche, who had won three in a row. Craig Anderson took the loss despite 31 stops.
Calgary led by two after one period, thanks to a short-handed breakaway score from Bourque at 3:12 and Nystrom's redirection of a Jamal Mayers pass at 7:33.
Bourque pumped in a power-play goal for a 3-0 Flames edge at 6:55 of the second period, before the Avs got on the board with a disputed goal.
In a goal-mouth scramble, Durno managed to sneak his rebound shot between the left post and Toskala's outstretched pad with 6:16 to play in the period. Since the puck settled in an area of the net obscured from plain view, a review found a replay angle which clearly showed the disc over the goal line.
Hejduk's second-chance poke of a Paul Stastny chance pulled Colorado within 3-2 with 32.5 seconds remaining and Anderson on the bench, but the Avs couldn't net an equalizer.
"We can't afford to get comfortable out there, no matter what the reason is," Stastny said of his club's slow start. "At this time of year, any team can come in and pounce on you and get goals."
Bourque posted his second multi-goal game of the year, and first since a three-goal game at Edmonton on December 28...Hejduk reached the 20-goal plateau for the 10th time in his 11-year career...All five games in the season series have ended with identical 3-2 scores, with Colorado having won the first four.
03/18 01:20:30 ET