The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Avalanche
Five key elements from the Flames clash with the Avs
The Flames made a couple of adjustments in the lineup on Thursday night, scratching Roman Horak and utilizing Brendan Morrison on the second line.
Avoiding a couple of checks along the boards, Matt Duchene deked around Miikka Kiprusoff and had a wide open net to deposit the puck into but sent it through the blue paint.
Given the amount of time and space Duchene had to work with, one can only assume he was going for a pass to his linemate but the move cost his club a goal and quite possibly the game.
Unlike his first period gaffe, Duchene made no mistake in the second stanza when he sent an absolutely wicked wrister top shelf on Kiprusoff.
TJ Brodie's clearing attempt was thwarted by Jan Hedja at the blueline and the defenceman was able to snap off a pass to Duchene. The forward got into the slot and rifled the shot over the netminder for his 10th goal of the season.
Two Colorado players took double minors in the contest and the Flames ensuing power plays had drastically different results.
Hedja whacked Jarome Iginla hard enough to draw blood at 1:03 of the second period and the Flames went to work. Unfortunately, they couldn't find a way to beat J.S. Giguere and only put two shots on net.
T.J. Galiardi took a high-sticking call at 4:35 of the third period and the Flames were able to make up for their tepid power play in the second frame. Lee Stempniak and Curtis Glencross both scored with Galiardi in the sin bin, giving the Flames three power play goals in two games.
With less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Olli Jokinen came up with a huge goal for his club when he sniped a shot over Giguere's blocker to notch the game winner.
The Flames now have nine straight wins over the Avalanche.