Inside The Game: Flames vs. Avalanche

Friday, 01.03.2013 / 12:10 AM / News
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)
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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Avalanche

AVALANCHE DUMP FLAMES 5-4

CALGARY, AB -- Three goals in the third period erased a two-goal deficit as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 5-4 at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night.

Trailing 4-2, Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog navigated a one-handed backhand through the legs of Flames starter Joey MacDonald just 23 seconds into the final frame to bring Colorado back to within one.

Paul Stastny then booted in a Landeskog rebound with his skate six minutes later to knot the game at four, while Matt Duchene buried a feed from Jamie McGinn at 10:52 for the game-winning goal to complete the comeback.

The Flames jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Jay Bouwmeester pumped a wrister over the blocker of Avalanche starter Semyon Varlamov to open the scoring for Calgary at 4:28. Just 23 seconds later, Mike Cammalleri extended the lead to two after potting a rebound off the stick from Lee Stempniak. Jarome Iginla, with his first of two on the night, capped the period off with 54 seconds left in the opening frame to give Calgary a 3-0 lead heading into the intermission.

Ryan O’Byrne put Colorado on the board at 5:11 of the second period, directing a shot from the point by a screened MacDonald to make it 3-1. David Jones cut that lead to one after swatting a rebound laying in the crease behind MacDonald at 9:54.

Iginla restored the two-goal lead at 13:16, an edge that the Avalanche would eventually overcome in the third period.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Matt Stajan redirected a pass from Jiri Hudler onto the stick of Iginla parked at the side of the net. Staring at a virtually empty net, the Flames captain made no mistake in burying his fourth goal of the year with 54 seconds remaining in the period to make it 3-0 heading into the first intermission.

SAVE OF THE GAME

A cross-ice feed from Jamie McGinn landed on the stick of Duchene, who put a backhand off the post. MacDonald was able to smother it before John Mitchell had an opportunity to poke the puck into the back of the net.

HIT OF THE GAME

With Chuck Kobasew trying to gain the zone late in the second period, TJ Brodie delivered a strong shoulder check to send the former Flames forward sprawling to the ice.

TURNING POINT

Landeskog’s goal just 23 seconds into the third period brought the Avalanche to within a goal of the Flames, a deficit they’d erase via Stastny before Duchene’s winner midway through the frame.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

“I’ve watched many games from last year. It seems to be the same song. Defensively our reads and our forechecking game, we just stopped playing. It’s plain and simple.”

-Bob Hartley

STAT OF THE NIGHT

With two goals against the Avalanche, Iginla now has four goals and six points in his last five games.

LINEUP NOTES

Forward Tim Jackman and defensemen Anton Babchuk and Cory Sarich were the scratches for the Flames against the Avalanche on Thursday.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and forwards Paul Byron and Mikael Backlund remain out of the lineup due to injury.

COMING UP

The Flames open the month of March on Sunday when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks (6 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before taking on the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. MT, SNET-W).