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Avalanche 4, Flames 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 4, Flames 3
Calgary Flames 3, Colorado Avalanche 4

DENVER (AP) -One goal won't get Colorado Avalanche forward Marek Svatos out of coach Joel Quenneville's doghouse.

But it's a start.

Svatos scored the winning goal 1:24 into the third period and Paul Stastny had two goals and an assist in the Avalanche's 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Quenneville has tried everything to get Svatos on track - putting him on different lines, even benching him for three games. He's hoping this finally gets Svatos, who scored 32 goals last season, out of his funk.

"I think he needed to score a goal," Quenneville said. "When (scoring) is your bread and butter, hopefully you can feed off of this and be confident in all areas."

Svatos downplayed the goal or its ramifications. All he had to do was glance at his ice time - he only played 6:30 against Calgary - to know there's work to be done to get back in good standing.

"I know I have struggled," said Svatos, who scored his third goal in his last 27 games. "It has been frustrating for the last two weeks. It is nice to get the goal."

Stastny, meanwhile, remains hot. His two power-play tallies in the first period gave him 21 goals this season, and extended his point streak to nine games.

He also has 53 points this season, breaking the Avalanche record for the most by a rookie. Former Colorado player Alex Tanguay, who now plays for Calgary, set the mark with 51 in the 1999-00 season.

Stastny's father, Peter, has the franchise record - scoring 109 with Quebec during the 1980-81 season.

"I didn't know about it (the record), but I'll take it as long as we got the win," Stastny said.

Peter Budaj has struggled in net against Calgary this season, giving up 13 goals in his last three starts. But on Tuesday night Budaj - after giving up three goals through two periods - finally settled in, stopping 33 shots, including 16 in the third period. He was at his best early in the third period when Calgary had a 5-on-3 advantage. He even took a point-blank shot square in the mask.

"There are games when you don't see enough (shots)," Budaj said. "Tonight, I saw enough."

After the game, Flames captain Jarome Iginla placed the blame for the loss on himself. He drew a holding penalty that led to Svatos' power-play goal.

"It was a dumb penalty by me," he said. "I shouldn't put us in a situation like that. It was just a dumb penalty."

Milan Hejduk added a goal and an assist, and Joe Sakic had two assists.

Calgary and Colorado faced each other for the third time in six days. The teams split two games in Calgary last week.

Kristian Huselius had a goal and an assist, raising his season total to five goals and five assists against the Avalanche.

"We always want to win and we didn't," Huselius said.

The Flames and Avalanche have combined for 43 goals in five games this season.

The Avalanche moved out of last place in the Northwest Division because of having more wins than Edmonton. Both have 62 points.

Colorado trails Calgary by eight points for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Svatos was just glad to finally contribute.

"It is my biggest goal in the biggest game right now," Svatos said. "It's a good feeling. It is big for me."

Notes: Colorado D Jeff Finger, recently called up from Albany (AHL), made his NHL debut. He played 7:51 with no shots. ... The Avalanche said Tuesday that defenseman Jordan Leopold will miss approximately four weeks because of a fractured wrist. ... Rookie F Wojtek Wolski missed his second game with a concussion. ... With his two assists, Sakic is on a season-high, nine-game point streak. ... Miikka Kiprusoff had 28 saves. ... Tony Amonte and Dion Phaneuf scored in the first period for Calgary.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:19
COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (20) ASST: Andrew Brunette (33), Joe Sakic (45)
1 - 0 COL
09:31
CGY
Tony Amonte (9) ASST: Wayne Primeau (10), Marcus Nilson (8)
1 - 1 Tie
13:55
COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (21) ASST: Milan Hejduk (23), Brett Clark (27)
2 - 1 COL
18:01
CGY
PPG - Dion Phaneuf (15) ASST: Daymond Langkow (37), Kristian Huselius (30)
2 - 2 Tie
19:06
COL
Milan Hejduk (22) ASST: Paul Stastny (32), Kurt Sauer (2)
3 - 2 COL
2nd Period
05:34
CGY
PPG - Kristian Huselius (28) ASST: Jarome Iginla (39), Dion Phaneuf (25)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
01:24
COL
PPG - Marek Svatos (12) ASST: John-Michael Liles (23), Joe Sakic (46)
4 - 3 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:20
COL
Ben Guite  Hi-sticking against  Brad Stuart
05:39
CGY
Marcus Nilson  Hooking against  Joe Sakic
11:47
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Tripping against  Ben Guite
12:18
CGY
Jeff Friesen  Hooking against  Joe Sakic
17:29
COL
Brad Richardson  Interference on goalkeeper against  Miikka Kiprusoff
2nd Period
05:19
COL
Ossi Vaananen  Interference against  Matthew Lombardi
3rd Period
00:12
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Holding against  Karlis Skrastins
03:29
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Holding against  Jarome Iginla
04:55
COL
Brad Richardson  Hooking against  Dion Phaneuf
11:16
COL
Kurt Sauer  Hooking against  Wayne Primeau
18:44
CGY
Roman Hamrlik  Tripping against  Tyler Arnason
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 32TOI: 59:02
Saves: 28EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 9
SV%: .875SH: 2 - 2
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0