NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Colorado
(Thursday, January 11th)
Final Score: Calgary 7, Colorado 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius both scored two goals, as the Calgary Flames extended their winning streak and defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 7-3, at Pepsi Center.
Roman Hamrlik, David Moss and Tony Amonte each added a goal for the Flames, who have won four consecutive games and six of their last seven overall.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves in the win.
Andrew Brunette notched a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have dropped two straight following a three-game win streak. Marek Svatos and Paul Stastny also scored for Colorado, which will travel to California for games against Anaheim and San Jose on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Goaltender Peter Budaj, who watched Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg slide the game-winning shootout goal past his outstretched pad in a 4-3 loss on Tuesday, had a tough game. Budaj allowed five goals on 17 shots and was pulled in the middle of the second period. Jose Theodore did not fare much better -- he allowed two goals on nine shots in relief.
"I do not think we competed as hard as we should have, and you see the results on the scoreboard," said Budaj. "We should have played a lot harder. We have to get ready for this road trip."
The teams were deadlocked at 2-2 as the second period began, but the Flames scored three straight goals to take command of the contest.
First, at 1:46, Tanguay passed from behind the net for Moss, whose blazing one-timer from the low slot lit the lamp.
Midway through the stanza, two more Calgary goals within 1:51 gave the visitors a 5-2 lead. Skating short-handed, the Flames gained control of the puck in the Colorado defensive zone and Langkow was able to muster a shot past a surprised Budaj from along the goal line to the left of the net at 10:14.
"I was lucky to get the puck, and I just got the rebound," said Langkow.
Under two minutes later, Langkow struck again from the top of the crease on a 2-on-1 with Tanguay. That goal sent Budaj to the bench.
Brunette's power-play goal with 4:37 remaining in the middle stanza brought Colorado within two, but the Flames restored the three-goal edge inside the final minute. Amonte gained the blue line on the right side and, from the high slot, released an off-balanced slap shot that lit the lamp at 19:02.
"After the first period, we talked about buckling down and we (eventually) got the (scoring) chances," Amonte said.
The scoring was capped by Huselius' 17th goal of the season at the 11:58 mark of the final stanza. Marcus Nilson held control beneath the goal line to the left of net and passed into the slot, where Huselius ripped a one-timer past Theodore.
Calgary will host arch-rival Edmonton on Saturday night before a brief two- game road trip with stops in Nashville and Dallas.
After the Avalanche opened the scoring on Svatos' power-play goal , the Flames tied the score 57 seconds later. Huselius passed from inside the right circle into the slot for Hamrlik, whose wrist shot sneaked inside the left post at 10:50.
With 7:59 remaining in the first period, a short-handed breakaway goal by Huselius gave the Flames the lead. With Moss in the penalty box for hooking, Huselius capitalized on a turnover in the neutral zone and skated in on a clear breakaway. His initial shot was stopped, but his momentum carried him into the crease and it appeared that his skate guided the puck over the goal line. The play was reviewed, but the goal was upheld.
The fourth and final goal of the opening stanza allowed Colorado to knot the contest with 2:28 remaining. On the power play, Brunette fired a wrist shot from the slot and Kiprusoff made the save, but the rebound was punched into the cage by Stastny with a backhander from beneath the left circle.
The seven goals scored by Calgary marked the most goals it has scored in a game this season...Flames sniper Jarome Iginla missed his third straight game with a sprained left knee...The Avalanche have now dropped five consecutive games to Calgary...The Avs scored all three of their goals on the power play and held the Flames scoreless on their three chances with the extra skater...Attendance was a sellout of 18,007.
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