Game Story: Colorado Avalanche 5, Calgary Flames 4
Herald three stars are Gabriel Landeskog, Jarome Iginla and Matt Duchene
1. Gabriel Landeskog, Avalanche: Rounding into form in his fourth game back from injury. Scores a great power-forward goal, driving past D-man T.J. Brodie before one-handing behind goalie Joey MacDonald while crashing the net, and adds two helpers.
2. Jarome Iginla, Flames: Captain coming out his funk. Another two snipes, including momentum-shifting fourth goal for his side.
3. Matt Duchene, Avalanche: On a wild and wooly evening, he swats home the winner to bring Colorado all the way back.
WHY THE FLAMES LOST
Because they collapsed in embarrassing fashion, blowing 3-0 and 4-2 period leads.
THE BIG SAVE
Not many on this night. But Flames goalie Joey MacDonald stretches across as a 30-foot diagnonal reaches Matt Duchene’s stick blade at the post and deflects off the post. MacDonald has the presence of mind to lunge back and smother the bouncing puck in the blue paint.
THE BIG HIT
An ill-advised one — Avs’ winger Patrick Bordeleau revving up to take a run at Calgary’s Akim Aliu. The resulting boarding penalty provided the platform for Jarome Iginla to count his second of the night and restore a two-goal Flames’ advantage.
Calgary scratches — D Cory Sarich, D Anton Babchuk, G Miikka Kiprusoff (knee), C Mikael Backlund (knee), RW Tim Jackman.
Colorado scratches — D Stefan Elliott, RW Aaron Palushaj.
Avalanche 5 Flames 4
1. Calgary, J Bouwmeester 4 (S Baertschi, J Hudler) 4:28.
2. Calgary, M Cammalleri 6 (L Stempniak, S Begin) 5:01.
3. Calgary, J Iginla 4 (M Stajan, J Hudler) 19:06.
Penalties — J Iginla Cgy (Goaltender Interference) 1:11; J Hejda Col (Roughing) 13:43.
4. Colorado, R O’Byrne 1 (M Duchene, P Parenteau) 5:11.
5. Colorado, D Jones 3 (G Landeskog, P Stastny) 9:54.
6. Calgary, J Iginla 5 (pp) (J Hudler, A Tanguay) 13:16.
Penalties — M Giordano Cgy (High-sticking) 0:23; R O’Byrne Col (Delay of Game) 5:30; P Bordeleau Col (Charging) 12:38; D Smith Cgy (Holding) 18:02.
7. Colorado, G Landeskog 2 (J Hejda) 0:23.
8. Colorado, P Stastny 5 (G Landeskog, D Jones) 6:34.
9. Colorado, M Duchene 7 (J McGinn, P Parenteau) 10:52.
Penalties — J Bouwmeester Cgy (High-sticking) 2:45; S O’Brien Col (Roughing) 12:48; S O’Brien Col (Stick Holding) 15:16; R Cervenka Cgy (High-sticking) 19:42.
Shots on goal by
Calgary 11 7 5 —23
Colorado 8 15 13 —36
Power plays (goals-chances) — Calgary: 1-5, Colorado: 0-5.
Goal (shots-saves) — Calgary: J MacDonald (36-31, L, 3-3-1). Colorado: S Varlamov (23-19, W, 6-8-2).
Referees: Dave Jackson, Brad Watson.
Linesmen: John Grandt, Lonnie Cameron.
Att. at Denver, Colorado — 15,197.
Those shifty-nifty Sedin twins and the rest of the Vancouver Canucks come invade the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday at 6 p.m. (TV: Rogers Sports Net, Radio: The Fan 960).
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