Avs Extinguish Flames

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DENVER - (AP) Marek Svatos scored twice, Peter Budaj stopped 36 shots and the Colorado Avalanche ended a four-game slide with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

Milan Hejduk and Ruslan Salei also scored for the Avalanche, who are 2-5 during a season-high eight-game homestand.

Rene Bourque, Adrian Aucoin and Jarome Iginla scored for the Flames, whose three-game winning streak ended.

It was the first multigoal game of the season for Svatos, who also had an assist. Ryan Smyth and Tyler Arnason each added two assists.

The Avalanche improved to 17-0-0 when taking a lead into the third period as Budaj preserved the win with numerous stops, including turning back two straight slap shots by Dion Phaneuf late in the game.

Calgary pulled Miikka Kiprusoff with 1:03 remaining, but drew a penalty for having too many men on the ice when Kiprusoff hesitated.

The Avalanche couldn't score an empty-net goal and remain the only team in the league without one. The last team to go without an empty-net goal was the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005-06.

Kiprusoff finished with 38 saves, but lost for the first time in five games against Colorado this season.

Hejduk's power-play goal in the second period gave him 636 points in his career, tying the right winger with Anton Stastny for fifth place on the franchise's career list.

Iginla continues to torment the Avalanche. With his wrist-shot goal, he has 62 points in 71 career games against Colorado. It's the most of any NHL player against the Avalanche since they moved from Quebec.

The Flames took an early lead on Bourque's 17th goal of the season early in the first period. The Avalanche tied it up soon after when Svatos tapped a puck past Kiprusoff on a pass from Arnason.

Bourque's goal came on a rebound after Budaj stopped a shot from Todd Bertuzzi, who still draws the ire of Avalanche fans, booing him each time he touched the puck. Bertuzzi, of course, made headlines when he drove former Colorado player Steve Moore into the ice during a game on March 8, 2004, resulting in Moore breaking his neck and having his career ended.

This was the last meeting of the season between these two Northwest Division rivals. The Flames won the series, 4-2.


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