Game Story: Calgary Flames 4, Colorado Avalanche 3

 

Herald’s three stars were Michael Cammalleri, Tim Jackman, Ryan O’Reilly

 
 
 
 
Mike Cammalleri, right, celebrates a goal with teammate Blake Comeau during the second period on Wednesday.
 

Mike Cammalleri, right, celebrates a goal with teammate Blake Comeau during the second period on Wednesday.

Photograph by: Jeff McIntosh, THE CANADIAN PRESS

THREE STARS

1. Flames LW Michael Cammalleri Was the architect of two of the home team’s four goals. Provided leadership in a time of need.

2. Flames RW Tim Jackman Calgary’s favourite role player did just that on this night.

3. Avalanche C Ryan O’Reilly He nearly became a Flame until Colorado matched a two-year $10-million offer by the Flames.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Because on a night when there were countless distractions — No. 12 being top among them — they stayed focused on the task at hand.

THE BIG FIGHT

In the biggest bout of the year for any Flame, Brian McGrattan takes on LW Patrick Bordeleau in a heavyweight scrap that lifts the fans out of their seats and allows them to briefly forget about the pending departure of Jarome Iginla.

THE BIG HIT

Quietly, Calgary RW Lee Stempniak is one of the most effective Flames as of late — a fact that has clearly not escaped the Avalanche. In the first period, Colorado RW Chuck Kobasew corrals the Calgary forward with his skate, leaving Colorado C John Mitchell to roar in and finish him off.

THE BIG SAVE

In the second period, Colorado C Matt Duchene undresses Calgary D T.J. Brodie wide and uncorks a shot. The puck hits Calgary G Joey MacDonald and sails over his shoulder, but the Flames netminder reaches back with his trapper to nullify the goal at the very last second.

THE SCRATCHES

Calgary: RW Jarome Iginla (!!!!!!!!!), D Derek Smith, D Anton Babchuk, C Paul Byron (hand)

Colorado: C Paul Stastny (bruised foot), D Ryan Wilson (ankle), D Jan Hejda, RW David Jones

SUMMARY

Flames 4 Avalanche 3

First Period

1. Calgary, J Hudler 7 (pp) (R Cervenka, M Backlund) 8:10.

2. Calgary, S Begin 2 (T Jackman, C Sarich) 12:01.

Penalties — P Bordeleau Col (Fighting) 2:35; B McGrattan Cgy (Fighting) 2:35; C Kobasew Col (Hooking) 7:07; B Comeau Cgy (Boarding) 9:45; J Bouwmeester Cgy (Interference) 13:03; S O’Brien Col (Hooking) 17:03.

Second Period

3. Colorado, J McGinn 6 (P Parenteau, T Barrie) 4:29.

4. Calgary, M Cammalleri 10 (B Comeau) 4:41.

5. Colorado, G Landeskog 7 (G Zanon, R O’Reilly) 9:14.

6. Calgary, M Cammalleri 11 (D Wideman, A Tanguay) 12:41.

Penalties — C McLeod Col (Fighting) 9:17; T Jackman Cgy (Fighting) 9:17; B Comeau Cgy (Hooking) 13:25; G Zanon Col (Interference) 16:37.

Third Period

7. Colorado, R O’Reilly 4 (pp) (M Hejduk, P Parenteau) 12:34.

Penalties — M Stajan Cgy (Tripping) 11:27; A Tanguay Cgy (High-sticking) 12:06.

Shots on goal by

Colorado 2 12 16—30

Calgary 14 11 2—27

Power plays (goals-chances) — Colorado: 1-5, Calgary: 1-3.

Goal (shots-saves) — Colorado: S Varlamov (27-23, L, 9-15-3). Calgary: J MacDonald (30-27, W, 4-5-1).

Referees — Kevin Pollock, Frederick L’Ecuyer. Linesmen — David Brisebois, Mike Cvik.

Att. at Calgary, AB — 19,289.

NEXT UP

Minus their captain, the Flames soldier on with a home date Friday against Jack Johnson and the surprising Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. (Sportsnet Radio The Fan 960, Sportsnet-West.)

 
 
 
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Mike Cammalleri, right, celebrates a goal with teammate Blake Comeau during the second period on Wednesday.
 

Mike Cammalleri, right, celebrates a goal with teammate Blake Comeau during the second period on Wednesday.

Photograph by: Jeff McIntosh, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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