NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Colorado
(Wednesday, March 14th)
Final Score: Colorado 3, Calgary 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Paul Stastny's third-period goal sent Colorado over Calgary, 3-2 at Pepsi Center.
Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won six of their last seven games, and crept within eight points of the Flames for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. Andrew Brunette picked up a pair of assists and Milan Hejduk also lit the lamp.
Peter Budaj stopped 17-of-19 shots to earn the victory, his 24th of the season.
Jarome Iginla and Stephane Yelle scored for the Flames, who have dropped three of four. Roman Hamrlik had two assists and Miikka Kiprusoff took the loss despite an heroic 39 save performance.
On the second shift of the third period, Stastny extended his NHL-record rookie point streak to 19 games and gave Colorado a 3-2 lead 50 seconds in. Brett McLean chased down a dump-in behind the Calgary cage and fed the rookie, who banked a sharp angle shot through Kiprusoff that trickled off his arm and into the net.
"I thought I had it, but it was a tough shot," said Kiprusoff. "I think I should stop those, but they like to make those passes behind the net. I wish I could have that back."
Colorado kept pouring shots on the Flames netminder, who was equal to the task to keep the Flames within a goal. The Avs then survived a late-game shorthanded situation when defenseman Ken Klee went off for slashing, not allowing Calgary to set up with the extra man.
"We put ourselves in this position," Budaj said. "If we played like this in the beginning of the year, we wouldn't be in this situation."
The Avs got on the board 75 seconds into the contest when Brunette's stuffer chance from the right post kicked out to the slot, where Sakic wasted no time in hitting an open net.
Calgary tied the game with the man advantage as Iginla picked up his 10th goal in 14 games, getting his stick on Hamrlik's left point blast with 5:13 left in the opening period. Yelle gave the Flames a 2-1 lead on another power play with 2:38 to play, stuffing home the puck which eluded Budaj's glove at the left post.
Hejduk tied the game at 16:20 of the second with Colorado on a power play. Brunette fooled the entire left side of Calgary's penalty killers when he stopped a cross-ice pass from Sakic in the slot, then fed Hedjuk on the left who hit a half-open net.
The season series is knotted 3-3-0 with two games remaining...The Flames are just 9-17-8 on the road this year...Sakic's goal gave him 602 career goals, passing Jari Kurri for 16th place on the all-time list...Hejduk has a nine- game point streak (7-7-14), as well as a five-game goal streak...Calgary went 2-of-3 with the man advantage, and Colorado finished 1-of-3.
03/15 00:28:04 ET