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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Avalanche

An in-depth look at the Flames-Avs tilt

Tuesday, 09.11.2010 / 9:33 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Avalanche
DENVER, CO -- The Calgary Flames were able to break out of their four-game losing skid on Tuesday with a 4-2 victory in Denver over the Colorado Avalanche.

David Moss scored the game winner with his first tally of the season.

"It's nice," Moss told Sportsnet West. "For the team to get a win and to score a goal, it feels good."

Mikael Backlund and Curtis Glencross also found the back of the net in the win.

Miikka Kiprusoff had another strong outing, allowing two goals on 31 shots.

Backlund picked up his first point since Oct. 26 when he was able to score the tying marker in the 3rd period. The young centerman skated into the slot as his linemates, Niklas Hagman and David Moss, crashed and banged around the net. When the puck ended up on his stick, he wasted no time in throwing it over Budaj's shoulder and into the back of the net. Backlund now has three goals and five points on the season.


Miikka Kiprusoff was his usual self in the contest, making several clutch saves in the first and second frame when the Avalanche were pressing. In one sequence, Paul Statsny was able to sneak a pass underneath Mark Giordano's stick as Chris Stewart was driving to the net. The young forward snapped a hard shot, point blank, on Kiprusoff but the Finnish netminder robbed him with a save that essentially killed the momentum swing Coloardo had going for them.

After missing all of October with a shoulder injury, David Moss has come out strong in November. He didn't look like he missed any time in his first two games back but wasn't able to produce any points in those contests. On Tuesday, he scored the game-winning tally by parking himself at the side of the net and slapping home Hagman's rebound. He also picked up an assist in the win.

Cory Sarich led the Flames defence corps in hits in Denver. The veteran blueliner laid out 3 Avalanche players, took 2 minors and sent 2 shots at Budaj.


"I think when you're struggling to score, Brent switches things up. We seemed to be reading off each other well tonight and hopefully that continues." - Moss on the newly formed line of himself, Backlund and Hagman (via Sportsnet West)




Friday, Nov. 12 vs. Phoenix
  7:00 PM MT (TSN, FAN 960)

The Flames continue on their road trip with a stop in sunny Phoenix. The last time the Flames visted the Coyotes was Jan. 28, 2010 with Calgary falling 3-2 in a shootout.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM MT on TSN & The FAN 960.
1 Goal for Moss this season.
25 Hits from the Flames. The Avalanche trailed them with 22.
3 Unanswered goals in the final stanza for Calgary.
8 Shots on net for Hagman.
86 Jarome Iginla's win percentage faceoffs.

1st Star
David Moss
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 1
2nd Star
Curtis Glencross
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +1 3
3rd Star
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA SV GA TOI SV%
31 29 2 59:51 .944

AVALANCHE
Peter Budaj
SA SV GA TOI SV%
25 22 3 58:21 .880

FLAMES
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA SV GA TOI SV%
31 29 2 55:51 .944