NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Colorado
(Tuesday, February 24th)
Final Score: Calgary 2, Colorado 0
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Martin Gelinas scored with 2:19 to play in the third period to help the Calgary Flames to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside all 26 shots he faced for his fifth career shutout for Calgary, which halted a three-game losing streak. Chris Clark added an empty-net goal in the victory.
With the win, the Flames completed their five-game road trip on a high note and have now accumulated 70 points, putting them in a fifth-place tie with the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference. The Flames are making a push for their first playoff appearance since 1996.
"It was a huge game for both of us and we might just be playing them in the playoffs," said Kiprusoff.
David Aebischer made 23 saves for Colorado, which has dropped four of its last five overall. The Avalanche have scored just three goals in their last five home games.
After the teams combined for 35 shots but just three power-play chances through 40 minutes of scoreless action, Colorado nearly opened the scoring midway through the final session.
First, with about 11:30 left in regulation, Joe Sakic had a chance from in close, but Flames defenseman Andrew Ference poked the puck away. Then, a nice give-and-go play saw Sakic on the receiving end of a feed in close, but his one-timer was stopped by Kiprusoff.
The Flames then put the pressure on over the next several minutes. Steven Reinprecht was alone in front with just over seven minutes remaining, but could not beat Aebischer. Just seconds later, Dean McAmmond attempted a wrister from along the goal line to the right of the net, but shot wide.
Finally, with 2:19 remaining, Craig Conroy took the puck above the left circle and released a floater on goal. With traffic in front, the disc deflected off of Gelinas' shoulder and into the net as Calgary took the late 1-0 lead.
"My goals just aren't pretty," said Gelinas. "I just was driving to the net - I get the dirty goals."
Aebischer was pulled with over a minute to go, but the Flames were able to gain control before Clark fired home his ninth goal into the empty cage to seal the victory.
The Avs continued to play without star forward Peter Forsberg, who missed his fourth straight game with a hip injury...Colorado is still 3-1-1 against Calgary this season...Colorado defenseman Rob Blake returned to the lineup after he had missed seven games with a fractured leg, while Flames' forward Stephane Yelle was back in action for the first time in 18 games - he was out with a knee sprain...Calgary ended 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Avs were scoreless on three chances with the extra skater...Earlier Tuesday, the Flames acquired left winger Ville Nieminen from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Jason Morgan and a conditional draft choice.
02/25 01:19:56 ET