NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Colorado
(Sunday, March 12th)
Final Score: Colorado 3, Calgary 0
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peter Budaj made 33 saves for his first career shutout as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Calgary Flames, 3-0, in the front end of a home-and-home series at the Pepsi Center.
Joe Sakic, Alex Tanguay and Milan Hejduk each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won three straight and now sit atop the Northwest Division with 80 points, one ahead of second-place Calgary.
"Coaches do not say much," said Sakic about the standings. "All you have to do is look at the standings and we are only one point up and we have to win again tomorrow."
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 22 shots in the loss for the Flames, who have dropped two of their last three games.
The teams will meet at the Pengrowth Saddledome for a matchup on Monday.
It was a high-flying first period with a total of 24 shots thrown on net. But, it was Colorado that took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
On the power-play, Hejduk had the puck along the left boards and threw it across ice to Sakic at the right side of the net. Sakic held the puck for a moment and slid it between two Calgary defenders to the low left circle, where Tanguay one-timed it into the net with 9.2 seconds left.
Budaj kept Colorado's 1-0 lead intact when he stopped Jarome Iginla's wrist shot on a 2-on-1 break a little over eight minutes into the second period.
"It's always nice to get the shutout, but even better to get those two points against them," said Budaj. "I've tried to always prepare the best I can. Today I played very good. When you play in the lead its always better."
Colorado netted a 2-0 advantage with under seven minutes remaining in the second period. Tanguay skated in on a 2-on-1 rush and from the top of the left circle dropped the puck to a trailing Sakic, who skated into the slot and let fly with a wrister over Kiprusoff's glove.
The Avs' took a 3-0 lead into the second intermission when Hejduk's wrister from the inside left circle went over the left pad of Kiprusoff with 3:42 left in the period.
Calgary outshot Colorado 10-3 in the final stanza, but many of the shots were easy saves for Budaj.
Sakic's assist on Tanguay's goal was the 900th of his career making him the 16th player to achieve that mark...Colorado is 12-0-0 this season with two or more days of rest...The goal for Tanguay was his first in nine games...Colorado went 1-for-4 on the power play...Calgary failed on its four man advantages.
03/12 17:41:32 ET