NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Calgary
(Tuesday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Calgary 3
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Joe Sakic's goal with 5:19 left in regulation was the game winner, as Colorado kept its playoff hopes alive with a 4-3 win over Calgary at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Sakic added three assists for the Avalanche, who have won four of their last five games. Brett Clark had a goal and a helper, and Brad Richardson and Paul Stastny also tallied.
Peter Budaj made just 18 saves to earn the win.
Jeff Friesen, Roman Hamrlik and Daymond Langkow scored for the Flames, who saw their six-game win streak snapped and fell to 30-8-2 at home.
Jarome Iginla posted two assists and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 19 shots in the loss.
"I think we realize that we need really good starts to get on a winning track," said Iginla. "We're going to regroup for the next game. We get a win and we're in. It's been our playoffs the last seven or eight games."
Nursing a one-goal lead late in the game, Sakic provided the Avalanche with a crucial insurance goal to make it a 4-2 when his shot from the slot bounced through Kiprusoff's pads and trickled into the net. It was his 609th career goal, moving him one ahead of Dino Ciccarelli.
Langkow's open-net power-play goal with 2:39 to go brought the Flames back within a goal, 4-3, but the Avs stifled every Calgary rush from that point on to escape with their 42nd win of the season.
"He's really turned it up and been a big part of their team this year," said Iginla of Sakic.
Colorado has 91 points, five behind Calgary in the battle for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. Both clubs have three games remaining including a blizzard-postponed contest in Denver on April 8.
"I think we played a real good brand of hockey, our penalty-killing was good and we kept them to a low number of shots," Budaj said. "We don't want to think about Sunday, but hopefully we're going to keep our cool do it and come out on top. We just gotta keep winning, you know, one game at a time."
Calgary opened the game on a short-handed tally with 1:27 left in the opening period. Friesen split two Colorado defenders to take Robyn Regehr's dump-in and one-time it under the crossbar.
However, the Avs responded with 11.1 seconds to go on that same power play when Clark took a perfect pass at the left point from Sakic and blasted a shot past Kiprusoff.
Hamrlik gave the Flames a 2-1 lead with seven minutes played in the second, but Colorado snatched the momentum and took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission on goals from Richardson at 12:02 and Stastny on the power-play at 14:38.
Colorado has won four of the last five matchups this season...The franchise has not missed the playoffs since the 1993-94 season, when the team was located in Quebec...Flames defenseman Rhett Warrener won a team award for dedication to hockey and commitment for community service for the second straight season...Calgary has 15 short-handed goals this season...The Avalanche play in Vancouver on Thursday, and the Flames head to San Jose on Thursday.
04/04 00:16:19 ET