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Flames 7, Avalanche 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 7, Avalanche 3
Calgary Flames 7, Colorado Avalanche 3

DENVER (AP) -The Calgary Flames had trouble with Colorado's power play.

Then again, so did the Avalanche.

Calgary gave up three power-play goals but scored two short-handed goals as the Flames had a season-high offensive output in a 7-3 win over Colorado on Thursday night.

Daymond Langkow had two goals and two assists as the Flames won their fourth game in a row.

"I can't remember a game like that," said Langkow, who tied a career high with four points. "Those short-handed goals made it a weird game."

Calgary's scoring spree also ended the night of Colorado goalie Peter Budaj early. The Avalanche pulled Budaj at the 12:05 mark of the second period after he gave up his fifth goal of the game on 17 shots.

Jose Theodore, who was booed as he skated on, gave up two goals on nine shots. Theodore hasn't played since being pulled on Dec. 27 against Dallas after giving up five goals.

"I don't think, starting with me, we competed as well," said Budaj, who was coming off a career-high 40 saves against Detroit on Tuesday before his meltdown.

The Flames broke the game open with three unanswered goals to begin the second period, including two by Langkow - his 17th and 18th goals of the season - within 1:51 of each other. The team scored a season-high four goals for a period in the second.

"The second period, that was the game there," Avs coach Joel Quenneville said. "Giving up the second short-handed goal was killer. You're not going to win giving up two short-handed goals; I don't care what happens. We gave up more odd-man breaks in the second period than we did in the last month. Our coverage was terrible."

Alex Tanguay, who was making his first appearance in the Pepsi Center against his old team, had two assists. He said there was no added pressure to perform, even with the crowd occasionally booing him.

"I was just trying to focus on the game," he said. "We won and that was what we wanted to do. The personal stuff for me I can't worry about too much."

Calgary's leading scorer Jarome Iginla missed his third game since spraining a ligament in his left knee against Florida on Jan. 4, but there was plenty of offense in his absence. Tony Amonte added a goal, Rhett Warrener had two assists and Kristian Huselius scored two goals and added an assist.

"Since Jarome's been out, I think guys realize that we need to pick it up," Langkow said. "Everybody did an incredible job."

Lost in all the offense was the play of goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who finished with 27 saves. He's now 5-1 over his last six starts.

"I thought Miikka did a real good job of getting in front of them," Calgary coach Jim Playfair said.

Yet he wasn't totally satisfied with his team's play.

"I can see a lot of room for improvement for us," Playfair said.

Joe Sakic had three assists for the Avalanche and Paul Stastny and Marek Svatos scored power-play goals for Colorado in the first period. Andrew Brunette added another in the second period.

What the Avalanche will remember from this loss, though, is their power-play woes. It's the first time they've given up two short-handed goals since Oct. 18, 2003, at Edmonton.

"It's a disappointing loss," Sakic said. "It's unacceptable how we played."

Notes: The Avalanche called up F Brad Richardson from their American Hockey League affiliate in Albany on Thursday. ... Calgary's game in Colorado on Dec. 21 was postponed after a blizzard dumped three feet of snow. The game will be made up April 8. ... Colorado will meet Calgary seven times over the final 39 games. ... Calgary's Mark Giordano had two assists. ... Huselius tied a season high with three points. ... Svatos scored his first goal since Nov. 30 against Edmonton.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:53
COL
PPG - Marek Svatos (10) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (16), Joe Sakic (28)
1 - 0 COL
10:50
CGY
Roman Hamrlik (4) ASST: Kristian Huselius (17), Daymond Langkow (27)
1 - 1 Tie
12:01
CGY
SHG - Kristian Huselius (16) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 CGY
17:32
COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (11) ASST: Andrew Brunette (24), Joe Sakic (29)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
01:46
CGY
David Moss (5) ASST: Alex Tanguay (28), Mark Giordano (5)
3 - 2 CGY
10:14
CGY
SHG - Daymond Langkow (17) ASST: Rhett Warrener (4)
4 - 2 CGY
12:05
CGY
Daymond Langkow (18) ASST: Alex Tanguay (29), Tony Amonte (10)
5 - 2 CGY
15:23
COL
PPG - Andrew Brunette (14) ASST: Milan Hejduk (13), Brett Clark (20)
5 - 3 CGY
19:02
CGY
Tony Amonte (8) ASST: Daymond Langkow (28), Mark Giordano (6)
6 - 3 CGY
3rd Period
11:58
CGY
Kristian Huselius (17) ASST: Marcus Nilson (4), Stephane Yelle (7)
7 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
05:22
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
05:22
COL
Ian Laperriere  Cross checking against  Dion Phaneuf
05:22
COL
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Dion Phaneuf
09:13
CGY
Mark Giordano  Holding against  Paul Stastny
11:14
CGY
David Moss  Hooking against  Kyle Cumiskey
16:42
CGY
Mark Giordano  Hooking against  Brett McLean
2nd Period
09:31
CGY
Eric Godard  Holding against  Brett Clark
15:08
CGY
Tony Amonte  Hooking against  Mark Rycroft
3rd Period
01:35
COL
Ossi Vaananen  Tripping against  Stephane Yelle
16:30
COL
Brett McLean  Hooking against  Marcus Nilson
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 2
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 17TOI: 32:01
Saves: 12EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .706SH: 2 - 4
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 9TOI: 27:55
Saves: 7EV: 4 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .778SH: 0 - 0