NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Colorado
(Sunday, April 8th)
Final Score: Colorado 6, Calgary 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Joe Sakic had a goal and two assists as the Colorado Avalanche closed the regular season with a 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames.
Andrew Brunette, Ben Guite and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who finished their season by winning five of their last six games, but will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 1993-94 season, when the team was in Quebec.
Jose Theodore made 29 saves for Colorado, which finished the season with a 44-31-7 mark. The 95 points that Colorado amassed is the most ever for a team that didn't make the playoffs.
"It was bitter sweet, but it's about the team and playing in the post season," said Sakic. "This is the time of year when we should be playing hockey and we always have. Now we won't."
Stephane Yelle finished with a goal and an assist and Jamie McLennan made 26 saves for the Flames, who will travel to Western Conference champions Detroit for their first round playoff matchup starting on Thursday.
Calgary, which squeaked into the playoffs despite losing its last four games, finished the season with a 43-29-10 record.
"It's not the way we wanted to end the season," said Yelle. "Now, though, we have to concentrate on getting ready for the playoffs."
Colorado was trailing, 3-2, late in the second period, but scored four unanswered goals to win.
The Avs tied the game as Wojtek Wolski banged in a loose puck from the low right side with 2:46 left in the second.
Colorado took its first lead of the game when Sakic spotted McLennan falling down in the crease and rifled a wrister into the open net just 44 seconds into the third.
The goal was Sakic's 100th point of the year, the sixth time he's reached that plateau in his 18-year career.
Colorado gave itself some insurance when Scott Parker scored his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle at the 3:09 mark of the third period.
Stastny scored with 44.9 seconds to play to complete the scoring in the game.
The Flames drew first blood in the game when David Moss swept a rebound into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead with 2:01 left in the first.
Colorado tied it on Guite's third goal of the year at the 1:14 mark of the second before Marcus Nilson answered just under five minutes later to give the Flames a 2-1 lead.
Colorado, though, tied the game when Brunette jammed the puck into the net during a scrum in front for his 27th goal of the season halfway through the second.
The Flames, however, took a 3-2 lead just over four minutes later as Yelle grabbed a loose puck in the low slot and wristed it into the right corner of the net.
Colorado won five of eight games against Calgary this season...Sakic's goal gave him 1,589 points in his career, one point behind Phil Esposito for eighth place on the all-time list...Colorado went 1-for-5 on the power play while Calgary went 0-for-4...This game was originally scheduled to be played December 21, but was rescheduled to the final night of the regular season due to a blizzard.
04/09 00:26:06 ET