NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Calgary
(Tuesday, November 20th)
Final Score: Calgary 4, Colorado 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla scored the game-winning goal midway through the second period and Miikka Kiprusoff made 20 saves, as the Calgary Flames defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1, at the Saddledome.
Owen Nolan scored twice and David Moss also scored for the Flames, who have won three of their last four games. Calgary will host Chicago on Thursday before a three-game road trip begins in Denver on Saturday.
Marek Svatos scored the only goal for Colorado, which has lost four of its last five contests.
Jose Theodore allowed three goals on only 14 shots in the losing effort.
Following a scoreless first period, the teams traded goals only eight seconds apart early in the second for a 1-1 tie.
First, at the 1:54 mark, Svatos scored his eighth goal of the season. Paul Stastny streaked down the left-wing side on a 2-on-1 rush and held the disc until he reached the bottom of the circle. Stastny then sent a pass over the stick of Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf into the low slot for a successful snap shot by Svatos.
But following the ensuing faceoff, the puck was battled for between sticks and skates in the neutral zone and then deflected off linesman Greg Devorski, which allowed Nolan to gain control. Nolan moved to the inside of the right circle and beat Theodore with a sharp-angle slap shot.
Near the midpoint of the second, the Flames grabbed a 2-1 lead courtesy of a nice individual effort by Matthew Lombardi, who corralled a pass from Robyn Regehr, skated down the slot and eluded Avalanche blueliner Kurt Sauer with a quick stop below the right circle. Lombardi then sent a quick pass into the slot for a wide open Iginla, whose one-timer lit the lamp with 10:56 remaining before the second intermission.
The Avs had several scoring chances in final stanza. Joe Sakic's wrist shot from the top of the left circle with 9:50 to play was stopped by Kiprusoff's pad, and moments later Karlis Skrastins released a blazing slap shot from the right point that barely missed the net with heavy traffic in front.
Colorado gained a power play at the 11:57 mark, but could not convert. Several minutes later, the first goal of the season for Moss gave the Flames a two- goal edge. Moss carried the puck down the left-wing side and left a drop pass for Kristian Huselius inside the circle. Huselius worked the give-and-go to perfection and returned the puck to Moss for a tap-in from the goal mouth with 4:09 remaining in regulation.
Nolan's empty-netter inside the final minute capped the scoring.
The Avalanche have dropped four straight road games and will finish this five- game trip on Wednesday night in Edmonton...This marked the first win for Calgary over the Avs this season (1-3) and the first win over Colorado in the last eight tries...The teams combined to go scoreless on seven power-play chances, five of which were awarded to Colorado...Iginla has 12 goals this season...Attendance was 19,289.
11/21 00:19:42 ET