NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Calgary
(Monday, January 11th)
Final Score: Colorado 3, Calgary 2 (SO)
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Chris Stewart tied the game in the second period and scored the decisive goal in the shootout, as the Colorado Avalanche continued their recent mastery of the Calgary Flames with a 3-2 victory at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Colorado improved to 4-0 this season against its Northwest Division rival, winning each contest by the same final score. The Avalanche have won six straight overall in the series.
Craig Anderson was stellar between the pipes, making 44 saves through regulation and overtime for Colorado, which has won three of its last five games to move into a tie with Calgary for first place in the division standings. Both clubs have 58 points, while Vancouver is two points off the pace.
"We can't say enough about our goalie," said Colorado head coach Joe Sacco. "He played very well, especially on their power plays.
Paul Stastny added a power-play goal in the win.
Rene Bourque and Dustin Boyd lit the lamp for the Flames, who have dropped three of four. Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 19 stops in defeat.
Colorado rookie forward Brandon Yip committed a hooking penalty in the final minute of the third period, which the Flames dominated with a 17-4 advantage in shots, and Stastny inadvertently swatted the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty 43 seconds into overtime.
The Flames failed to convert on the two-man advantage, and the game eventually reached a conclusion in the shootout.
Crafty forward Milan Hejduk was the first participant and he roofed a shot over Kiprusoff. Anderson turned away Nigel Dawes and yielded a goal to Olli Jokinen after Kiprusoff made a right pad save on Matt Duchene.
Stewart then swept a backhander through the Finnish netminder's legs. Colorado prevailed when Jamie Lundmark lost control of the puck.
"When you get a five on three in overtime we've got to capitalize on it," said Calgary head coach Brent Sutter.
Daymond Langkow outmuscled Avalanche defenseman Scott Hannan to a bouncing puck and quickly dished to the slot for Bourque, who ripped a shot past Anderson to open the scoring with 4:36 remaining in the first period.
Boyd made it 2-0 at the 3:59 mark of the middle stanza, but a nifty deflection by Stastny of a John-Michael Liles point shot put Colorado on the board with 6:44 left in the second period.
Three minutes later, Stewart wheeled around at the left point and fired a low wrister that beat a screened Kiprusoff.
Colorado defenseman Adam Foote missed his second straight game with an ankle injury...The Avalanche improved to 5-5 in shootouts this season, while Calgary fell to 3-4...The Flames host Pittsburgh on Wednesday...Colorado begins a five-game homestand Saturday against New Jersey.
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