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Calgary
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46-25-11
Colorado
Avalanche
43-30-9

33 SOG
25 SOG
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CGY
COL
game recap

Avalanche 3, Flames 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 3, Flames 0
Calgary Flames 0, Colorado Avalanche 3

DENVER (AP) - Peter Budaj is rewarding the Colorado Avalanche for their faith in him.

Budaj stopped 33 shots for his first career shutout and the Avalanche moved into first place in the Northwest Division with a 3-0 victory Sunday over the Calgary Flames.

Colorado traded veteran goaltender David Aebischer to Montreal for Jose Theodore last week and put Budaj in goal. The 24-year-old rookie has responded with two straight wins in the heat of a playoff race.

"Part of the decision in making the trade was that we trusted that Peter could take us down the stretch," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "Every time that he has gotten an opportunity, he has risen to it, and we expect him to do it again."

The win moved Colorado a point ahead of the Flames. It was the first of back-to-back meetings between the two teams, which play again in Calgary on Monday.

"It is great when the coaching staff and the organization has the faith in you that you can get the job done," Budaj said. "What I'm doing right now is working hard, and playing good hockey."

Budaj made several acrobatic saves, including on Sean Donovan from in front of the crease.

"I just stayed with him as long as I could," Budaj said. "I thought I had an even better one in the second period on Jarome Iginla because with him you have to be in the best position you can be against Iginla, a guy that can beat you so many ways."

He got offensive production from the team's top three offensive players. Joe Sakic and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist. Milan Hejduk added a short-handed goal.

The loss denied Calgary coach Darryl Sutter his 400th career win. Ninety-eight have come with the Flames, who had won three of their previous four.

Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff had 22 saves for the Flames, who were 0-for-5 on the power play.

Tanguay's power-play goal with 9.2 seconds left in the first period gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead. Sakic waited patiently for Kiprusoff to drop to the ice before setting up Tanguay with a pass to the opposite side of the crease.

Sakic and Hejduk scored 3 minutes apart in the second period to extend Colorado's lead to 3-0. Tanguay picked up a loose puck at center ice after leaving the penalty box and set up Sakic's wrist shot from between the circles at 13:09. Hedjuk scored on a 2-on-1 rush with Brett Clark off for hooking.

"We played pretty well in the second period, but we were down 2-0, and that is hard to come back from late," Sutter said. "Budaj made some big saves, but whenever a guy gets a shutout, he usually does."

Calgary's best scoring chance came with 9:52 left in the game and didn't require Budaj to make a save. Sean Donovan hit the left post from 15 feet out, skated down the rebound, but sent the puck wide of the net.

"Budaj was tough on us, but it wasn't like we didn't have our chances," Donovan said. "It just doesn't seem like we play our game in this building."

Notes: Tanguay's first-period goal ended Kiprusoff's scoreless streak at 111 minutes. ... The Flames have allowed four short-handed goals this season. ... Sakic became the 16th player in NHL history to reach 900 assists. ... The Avalanche recorded their league-leading 82nd first-period goal. ... Hejduk tied Peter Forsberg for fifth place on the franchise scoring list with his 216th goal.

scoring summary
1st Period
19:50
COL
PPG - Alex Tanguay (25) ASST: Joe Sakic (40), Milan Hejduk (26)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
13:09
COL
Joe Sakic (23) ASST: Alex Tanguay (47)
2 - 0 COL
16:18
COL
SHG - Milan Hejduk (19) ASST: Dan Hinote (6)
3 - 0 COL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
03:43
CGY
Darren McCarty  Roughing against  Jim Dowd
11:20
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Hooking against  Brett McLean
18:43
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Hi-sticking against  Ian Laperriere
2nd Period
00:32
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Holding against  Brad Richardson
02:12
COL
Patrice Brisebois  Tripping against  Shean Donovan
10:55
COL
Alex Tanguay  Hooking
15:09
COL
Brett Clark  Hooking against  Jarome Iginla
3rd Period
05:35
COL
Antti Laaksonen  Tripping
18:30
CGY
Chris Simon  Roughing against  Ian Laperriere
18:30
COL
Ian Laperriere  Roughing against  Chris Simon
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .880SH: 2 - 3
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 33TOI: 59:16
Saves: 33EV: 26 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1