Game Story: Colorado 6, Calgary 3

 

Herald three stars are Jiri Hudler, John Mitchell and J.S. Giguere

 
 
 
 
Jiri Hudler, centre, is mobbed by teammates Matt Stajan and Lee Stempniak, 22, after scoring his first goal as a Calgary Flame against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period on Thursday.
 

Jiri Hudler, centre, is mobbed by teammates Matt Stajan and Lee Stempniak, 22, after scoring his first goal as a Calgary Flame against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period on Thursday.

Photograph by: Ted Rhodes, Calgary Herald

THREE STARS

1. Calgary LW Jiri Hudler: By far the most dangerous presence on the ice. Bright newcomer bags two goals, sets up another in the losing effort.

2. Colorado C John Mitchell: Twice (on quick-release wristers, with a helping hand from former Flame Chuck Kobasew), he scores.

3. Colorado G Jean-Sebastien Giguere: Never that pretty with this no-frill puck blocker. But solid. Robs Mikael Backlund in the third.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

Because, on a night when the visiting team is playing without three of its best players, on a night when the visiting team is playing the back half of consecutive games, the Flames dominate at times ... but fail to put away the pesky Avs.

THE BIG HIT

A couple of times, during the night’s mild proceedings, Colorado D Ryan Wilson, a former member of the Flames, gives RW Jarome Iginla a shove. In the third period, Calgary RW Lee Stempniak is popped by D Jan Hejda.

THE BIG SAVE

On one of the many snappy offensive sequences provided by the hosts’ (first?) line, RW Roman Cervenka, chugging down the left side, sends a perfect net-front pass to C Matt Stajan, who slices the puck at the Colorado cage. But the old pro, G Jean-Sebastien Giguere, sniffs it out, heaving his carcass in front of the shot.

THE BIG FIGHT

One of the most polite evenings imaginable. Only five minor penalties throughout the entire contest — three trips, one hold, one interference.

THE ROSTERS

Calgary Scratches: D Derek Smith, LW Blake Comeau, D Anton Babchuk (shoulder), LW Sven Baertschi (hip flexor).

colorado Scratches: D Tyson Barrie, D Shane O’Brien, C Ryan O’Reilly (hold-out), RW Gabriel Landeskog (head, neck), RW Steve Downie (knee).

SUMMARY

Avalanche 6 Flames 3

First Period

1. Calgary, J Hudler 1 (M Stajan) 7:23.

2. Colorado, J Mitchell 3 (unassisted) 19:13.

Penalties — None.

Second Period

3. Calgary, J Hudler 2 (M Stajan, R Cervenka) 1:49.

4. Colorado, P Parenteau 4 (J McGinn, M Duchene) 3:32.

5. Colorado, J Mitchell 4 (C Kobasew, C McLeod) 16:58.

6. Calgary, A Tanguay 3 (J Hudler, D Wideman) 19:42.

Penalties — C Kobasew Col (Holding) 11:03.

Third Period

7. Colorado, P Stastny 1 (pp) (unassisted) 17:20.

8. Colorado, P Stastny 2 (J Mitchell) 18:49.

9. Colorado, P Parenteau 5 (en) (M Duchene) 19:12.

Penalties — M Duchene Col (Tripping) 0:27; B Jones Cgy (Tripping) 5:18; R Wilson Col (Interference) 14:03; M Giordano Cgy (Tripping) 17:12.

Shots on goal by

Colorado 7 6 9 —22

Calgary 12 10 6 —28

Power plays (goals-chances) — Colorado: 1-2, Calgary: 0-3.

Goal (shots-saves) — Colorado: J Giguere (28-25, W, 1-0-0). Calgary: M Kiprusoff (21-16, L, 1-3-1).

Referees: Eric Furlatt, Kyle Rehman.

Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Shane Heyer.

Att. at Calgary, Alta. — 19,289.

NEXT UP

The Flames get ready for Saturday’s visit from Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and the Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m., SN960, CBC).

 
 
 
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Jiri Hudler, centre, is mobbed by teammates Matt Stajan and Lee Stempniak, 22, after scoring his first goal as a Calgary Flame against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period on Thursday.
 

Jiri Hudler, centre, is mobbed by teammates Matt Stajan and Lee Stempniak, 22, after scoring his first goal as a Calgary Flame against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period on Thursday.

Photograph by: Ted Rhodes, Calgary Herald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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