NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Colorado
(Monday, November 5th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, Calgary 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Paul Stastny scored twice and Milan Hejduk tallied three assists to pace Colorado to a 4-1 victory over Calgary.
Wojtek Wolski added a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who have beaten the Flames seven straight times. Jose Theodore made 23 saves for Colorado, which has won five of its last six overall. Theodore is 3-0 this year against Calgary.
Jarome Iginla had the lone goal for the Flames, who have lost three in a row. Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 stops in a losing effort, and Matt Keetley played in his first NHL game, making two saves.
Wolski, who has at least a point in nine of his last 10 games, gave the Avalanche the lead for good at 2-1, 11:15 into the middle period. Hejduk passed the puck from the right boards and Wolski deflected the disc from the right side of the net past Kiprusoff.
Kiprusoff made two amazing saves later in the second. First came a glove stop on Stastny trying for a rebound with nearly 2 1/2 minutes remaining. Then, the netminder made a left pad save on a close chance from Andrew Brunette.
The Flames, though, petered out in the third, as Stastny scored twice in a span of less than 10 minutes. His first came alone in front following a right circle pass from Wolski at the 45-second mark.
Stastny struck again at the 10:12 mark on a loose puck in front.
"We had a one goal lead for a period and we just had to keep the pressure on," Stastny said. "We were comfortable with each other. Those guys were just as hungry as I am and we just want to show we can work well together."
Kiprusoff then came out in favor of Keetley.
"He played really well," Flames coach Mike Keenan said of Kiprusoff. "I wanted to get some playing time for him (Keetley) since we were not going to salvage this game at all."
Iginla scored on the power play at the 4:39 mark of the first on a turnaround shot from the left circle, but Brunette evened the score with under four minutes left in the first with another power play tally on a wrister from the high slot.
Stastny had no goals in his previous nine games after having five in his first four...The Flames converted on their lone power play chance, while the Avalanche were 1-for-6...This was Hejduk's third three-point game of the season.
11/06 00:02:37 ET