NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Calgary
(Saturday, February 17th)
Final Score: Calgary 5, Colorado 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Kristian Huselius had a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in the second of three meetings between the teams in a six-day span.
Jarome Iginla scored a goal and added an assist for Calgary, which has won two of three. Dion Phaneuf and Stephane Yelle also tallied for the Flames, while Miikka Kiprusoff made 24 saves between the pipes. Daymond Langkow also added a pair of helpers.
"Tonight, especially early on, it was tight checking," said Langkow. "Obviously both teams came to play, after the last game (which Colorado won, 7-5). It was a battle, but it was a good hockey game. We were fortunate to come out on top."
Paul Stastny and Andrew Brunette scored for Colorado, which had a two-game winning streak halted and has dropped three of its last five games overall. Milan Hejduk added an assist to extend his point streak to six games, while Peter Budaj stopped 25-of-29 shots in a losing cause for the Avs.
The Flames grabbed a 3-2 lead at 16:31 of the second, taking advantage of a Colorado line change. Nabbing the puck in the neutral zone, Roman Hamrlik charged forward and dished to Huselius, whose shot went wide of the net. Phaneuf then corralled the puck and ripped a dynamite shot past Budaj to put Calgary on top.
Huselius made it a 4-2 game in the third period with his second tally of the night. With the Flames on the power play, the right winger collected a pass from Iginla down low in the left circle and sent a wrist shot high and just underneath the crossbar in the top right corner of the net with 11:52 remaining in the game.
Yelle added a short-handed, empty-net goal with 2:25 left to play.
"I think the whole team came to play tonight," said Huselius. "It was a huge game for us and it was nice to get the two points. It's always nice to contribute. The key thing is we won and now we can go on the road and play well hopefully."
Neither side lit the lamp in the first period, with Calgary holding the slight edge in shots on goal, 5-4.
The Flames finally broke the scoreless tie on Huselius' tally in the middle stanza. Andrei Zyuzin ripped a shot toward the crease, and Huselius came around the net and broke free on the right side, wristing the shot past a sliding Budaj on the glove side at 2:59.
Colorado was quick to net the equalizer, however, as Kiprusoff got mixed up in traffic and didn't have time to recover before Stastny tipped in a shot by Hejduk at 7:42.
The Avs struck again about 3 1/2 minutes later, as Brunette followed Joe Sakic through the neutral zone and into Flames' territory. Sakic ripped a slapshot wide and off the boards, but the disc deflected right back to him for another chance before Brunette knocked home the rebound to put Colorado up by a 2-1 margin at 11:13.
Calgary, though, tied the game with a power play marker at 14:45. Langkow sent a cross-ice pass to Iginla, who turned and opened up his body before rifling a one-timer past Budaj to make it 2-2.
Huselius' first tally was his 100th career NHL goal... The teams meet again in Colorado on Tuesday. It will be the Flames' third straight game against the Avalanche, who visit Vancouver in between on Sunday. Hejduk has five goals and five assists during his six-game point streak...Colorado finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while Calgary went 2-for-6.
02/18 01:16:24 ET