NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Colorado
(Saturday, November 24th)
Final Score: Calgary 5, Colorado 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Matthew Lombardi's goal and assist led Calgary over Colorado, 5-2, at Pepsi Center.
Jarome Iginla and Cory Sarich picked up a pair of assists each, while Daymond Langkow, Adrian Aucoin, Stephane Yelle and Craig Conroy scored for the Flames, who have won two of three.
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 21 shots to earn the win.
"I thought tonight we were trying to bring it at them like a playoff game, Iginla admitted. "It's a real big one for us. I thought everybody was real intense tonight. I thought we were real physical and I thought everyone was skating well from the start and everybody was ready to play."
Joe Sakic and Brad Richardson scored for the Avalanche, who have dropped four of their last five games.
Jose Theodore allowed all five goals on 32 shots en route to his fourth consecutive defeat.
Calgary assumed control in the first period, taking a 2-0 lead on goals from Langkow and Lombardi and outshooting the hosts 12-4.
Aucoin netted his third of the season at 7:28 of the second period, and the visitors opened up a three-goal advantage. Less than three minutes later, Yelle came back to haunt his former team to make it 4-0.
Sakic broke the shutout at 3:17 of the third, but the momentum shifted back to the visitors, who led 5-1 on Conroy's tally at 7:44.
Richardson's first goal of the season, coming with 4:19 left in regulation capped the scoring.
"The way we lost and the way we came out and played, that's not acceptable, said Sakic. "People pay good money to come out and watch us play. It was just an embarrassing performance by us. We're professionals and we can't let that happen, especially at home."
The Flames have won two in a row over the Avalanche, after Colorado took the previous seven meetings...Shots on goal through two periods were 27 for Calgary, and seven for Colorado...The Avs' four shots in the first period was a season-low...Sakic had not scored in 12 games, since October 26 in Calgary...Flames forward Eric Godard engaged in a battle with the Avs' Scott Parker late in the second period, with Godard receiving 27 penalty minutes including a fighting major, misconduct and game misconduct, while Parker netted 20 minutes on a cross-checking major, fighting major and game misconduct.
11/24 22:23:23 ET