The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Avs
Matt Stajan opened the scoring just 1:47 into the game, pushing him to eight points in his last eight games.
He tried to make a pass to Alex Tanguay but the puck but it hit the boards and bounced right back to him. He decided to shovel the puck towards the net and it slid past Semyon Varlamov. Tanguay and Anton Babchuk were credited with the helpers.
The pivot was placed on the top line in response to a rash of injuries and has been on fire ever since. He has elevated his play and looks incredibly confident every time he is on the ice.
The Flames dropped off a bit during the first half of the second period but some excellent saves by Miikka Kiprusoff held his team in the game and allowed them to head into the third period in a 1-1 draw.
Calgary was able to get back into the game in the second half of the frame thanks to upping the intensity in their forecheck.
After 40:00 of play, shots sat at 22-20 in favour of the Avs. Stajan led the Flames in shots on net through two periods with three.
As expected, the game was a physical affair with both teams trying punish their opponents as often as possible. The Flames threw 25 hits with Cory Sarich and Mark Giordano leading the way with four apiece. The Avs had 24 hits and were led by Steve Downie, who had five.
Despite their aggressive play, the Flames were very disciplined and did not take any penalties in the game.
The Avs physical play may have led to another injury for the Flames as David Jones hit - which was incidental - sent Sarich hard to the ice. He immediately went to the dressing room to be evaluated and his status for Thursday's game remains unknown.
The Flames have been involved in quite a few games that have required extra time this season and Tuesday's game saw them head into overtime with Colorado.
Jones ended up scoring the game-winner at 3:51, pushing the Avs three points ahead of the Flames.
The Dallas Stars allowed the Phoenix Coyotes to claw their way back into the game and force extra time but did manage to defeat the desert dogs. The Coyotes now have 84 points on the year while the Stars have 85 on the season.
Colorado sits in 7th with the win over the Flames while Los Angeles is residing in the 8th spot. The Flames are 11th while the Coyotes and San Jose Sharks sit in 9th and 10th, respectively.