Flames Topple Avs

A big third period led the Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche

Thursday, 08.12.2011 / 8:57 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
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Flames Topple Avs




2011-12 Game No. 28; Home Game No. 14
Flames Record: 13-13-2

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT - STEMPNIAK RIFLES ONE PAST GIGUERE
FULL HIGHLIGHTS ›SIGHTS FROM THE GAME › GAME GALLERY ›THE FIVE TAKEAWAYS ›


CALGARYFLAMES.COM 3 STARS
1st STAR
OLLI JOKINEN

CENTER - CGY
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | SHOTS: 4 | +/-: +1
TOI: 21:39 | PIM: 0

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2nd STAR
BRENDAN MORRISON

CENTER - CGY
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 2 | SHOTS: 3 | +/-: -2
TOI: 14:10 | PIM: 0

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3rd STAR
CURTIS GLENCROSS

LEFT WING - CGY

GOALS: 1 | ASST: 1 | SHOTS: 4 | +/-: +1
TOI: 15:54 | PIM: 0

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CALGARY, AB -- Two third period power play goals helped carry the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

The Flames have struggled mightly on the power play at home this season but have greatly improved in their recent outings.

Calgary now has three power play goals in their past two games at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The victory marked the Flames ninth straight win over the Avalanche. They have outscored Colorado 36-16 in that span.

After twenty minutes of play, the game was scoreless but the ice was tilted in Calgary's favour as they outshot Colorado 10-4.

Colorado took two penalties in the frame but the Flames were unable to find a way to beat Giguere.

The Avalanche had the best scoring opporunity in the first period when Matt Duchene was able to get by a couple of Flames along the boards and drive straight to the net. He deked around Kiprusoff but sent the puck through the paint instead of putting it into the empty net.

Calgary was awarded a four-minute power play when Jan Hedja smacked Jarome Iginla in the face with his stick and drew blood. The Flames were unable to generate any offence with the man advantage, only landing two shots on net.

Duchene made up for his first period gaffe when he broke the scoreless draw in the middle stanza. 

Flames defenceman TJ Brodie was unable to clear the zone as Hedja blocked his attempt at the blueline. He dished the puck off to Duchene and he rifled a wrister in the slot that flew over Kiprusoff.

The Flames were awarded their second four-minute power play when T.J. Galiardi was nabbed for high-sticking at 4:35 of the third period and this time they didn't waste it.

Lee Stempniak scored with just 14 seconds remaining in the first minor penalty and then Curtis Glencross beat Giguere 1:26 later.

Colorado managed to notch the equalizer at 9:58 of the final frame when T.J. Galiardi scored his fourth of the season but the tally didn't dampen the Flames spirits.

They continued to press as time wound down and Olli Jokinen potted the game winner after an tic-tac-toe passing play with Glencross and Iginla.

PHOTO OF THE GAME
BY THE NUMBERS
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Staal and Iginla - both captains of their respective clubs and both wearing #12 - rattled eight shots each on net.

FLAMES LEADERS
Icetime -- Bouwmeester (26:32)
Shots -- Iginla (8)
Hits -- Jackman (4)
Blocks -- Brodie, Hannan, Butler (3)
Takeaways -- Bourque (3)
Faceoff Wins -- Iginla (3, 75%)
TWEET OF THE NIGHT:
@NHLFlames the boys look like they have some step tonight. Let's knee drop a couple.


FLAMES LINEUP VS. COLORADO
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Jarome Iginla
Alex Tanguay Brendan Morrison Rene Bourque
Blake Comeau Mikael Backlund Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos Matt Stajan Tim Jackman
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Scott Hannan Derek Smith
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler
TJ Brodie Joe Piskula
Goaltenders: Miikka Kiprusoff, Leland Irving
Starting Lineup: Kiprusoff, Hannan, Smith, Glencross, Jokinen, Iginla
POWERPLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Jarome Iginla
Blake Comeau Mikael Backlund Lee Stempniak
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Jay Bouwmeester Alex Tanguay
PENALTY KILL UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Alex Tanguay Curtis Glencross
Blake Comeau Lee Stempniak
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Scott Hannan Derek Smith
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler