For 57 minutes, the Calgary Flames had the Colorado Avalanche on their heels.
But two goals just 89 seconds apart pushed the Avalanche over the Flames 6-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night.
“We gave the game away, we gave ourselves a chance to win offensively, but defensively we turned the puck over so many times in key situations and key times of the game,” Flames coach Bob Harltey said.
Even after 40 minutes, Paul Stastny broke a 3-3 tie with a power play marker late in the third and added another with 1:11 remaining in the game to give Colorado a 5-3 lead. PA Parenteau added an empty netter for the 6-3 final.
A three-point night by Jiri Hudler, including his first two goals as a member of the Flames, wasn’t enough to power Calgary over the Avalanche.
“It was good, until the third period. I had a good feeling going,” Hudler said. “It's nice but it means nothing after the game is 6-3. We don't have points we needed.”
SAVE OF THE GAME
Tied 3-3 and with Colorado on the power play, Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff blockers away a Parenteau wrist shot from the faceoff circle with 13:45 remaining in the third period.
GOAL OF THE GAME
After picking off an errant pass from Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick, Jiri Hudler set up Matt Stajan for a one-timer. The quick pad of Jean-Sebastiien Giguere denied Stajan, but kicked the puck right back to Hudler, who found the back of the net for his first goal as a member of the Flames.
With just 2:40 remaining in the game, Paul Stastny squeaked a puck under Kiprusoff to give the Avalanche a 4-3 edge, a lead they would not relinquish.
With Steve Begin and Chris Butler returning to the lineup, Blake Comeau and Derek Smith were scratched. Sven Baertschi, week-to-week with a hip-flexor injury, was also scratched. Anton Babchuk remains on injury reserve with a shoulder injury.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
“It was good, until the third period. I had a good feeling going. It's nice but it means nothing after the game is 6-3. We don't have points we needed.”
-Flames forward Jiri Hudler
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Highlighted by Matt Stajan’s 67 per cent success rate in the faceoff circle, the Flames won the faceoff battle 32-24 over Colorado.
The Flames welcome the 6-0-1 Chicago Blackhawks to Scotiabank Saddledome Saturday for Hockey Night in Canada on CBC. Start time is 8 o’clock.
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