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Flames 4, Avalanche 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

Torie Peterson - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)

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Flames 4, Avalanche 3
Calgary Flames 4, Colorado Avalanche 3
Three Stars of the Game
Lee Stempniak
1st
Lee Stempniak
RW
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:06
Jarome Iginla
2nd
Jarome Iginla
RW
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 18:25
Milan Hejduk
3rd
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:22

DENVER, CO -- It appears the Colorado Avalanche are the answer to the Calgary Flames scoring woes.

With their 4-3 win on Saturday night, the team now has eight straight victories over the Avs. Over the course of that streak, the Flames have scored 31 goals while only allowing 13.

Miikka Kiprusoff's performance was also a key aspect in the Flames win. He made 36 saves and was able to keep his team in as the Avalanche pressed hard to find the equalizer late in the game.

Recently recalled Paul Byron opened the scoring with after a beautiful passing play between himself and Derek Smith. Byron zoomed into the zone, dished the puck off to Smith and cut through the defence in hopes his linemate could get it back to him in time to take a shot. Aware that Avs defenceman Ryan Wilson was lagging behind Byron, Smith threw the puck back and the forward snapped his shot over Seymon Varlamov's glove for his first goal in a Flames jersey.

Jarome Iginla scored his fifth of the season just over three minutes later when he was able to backhand a pass from Alex Tanguay through Varlamov. Jay Bouwmeester also earned an assist on the tally.

The Flames were unable to convert on the power play midway through the period but just as Avs rookie Gabriel Landeskog finished serving his sentence for a hooking minor, Curtis Glencross made the Avs defenders pay for screening their own netminder with his first goal in 11 games.

Lee Stempniak added Calgary's fourth goal of the evening at 9:36 of the second period after a strong individual effort. Battling Jan Hejda behind the net, the winger broke free from the defenceman, swooped in front of the net and backhanded the puck into the net.

The Avalanche got on the scoresheet at 13:16 of the middle stanza when Milan Hejduk's shot from the faceoff circle slipped over Kiprusoff's glove.

Matt Duchene was able to get his club within two just 26 seconds into the final frame. Bouwmeester's turnover in the Flames zone ended up right on Duchene's stick and he beat Kiprusoff blocker side.

Colorado's surge continued later in the period when David Jones was able to deflect a Ryan O'Reilly shot from the blueline.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:06
CGY
Paul Byron (1) ASST: Derek Smith (1), Lee Stempniak (4)
1 - 0 CGY
05:47
CGY
Jarome Iginla (5) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (4), Alex Tanguay (9)
2 - 0 CGY
14:11
CGY
Curtis Glencross (5) ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (3), David Moss (4)
3 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
09:36
CGY
Lee Stempniak (3) ASST: Roman Horak (4)
4 - 0 CGY
13:16
COL
Milan Hejduk (7) ASST: Jan Hejda (4), Joakim Lindstrom (3)
4 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
00:26
COL
Matt Duchene (6) ASST: Shane O'Brien (6), Milan Hejduk (5)
4 - 2 CGY
15:25
COL
David Jones (6) ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (10), Ryan Wilson (9)
4 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
12:07
COL
Gabriel Landeskog  Hooking against  Alex Tanguay
2nd Period
09:57
CGY
Scott Hannan  Hi-sticking against  Paul Stastny
13:56
COL
TJ Galiardi  Roughing against  Miikka Kiprusoff
3rd Period
02:05
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Elbowing against  Lee Stempniak
04:41
CGY
Roman Horak  Slashing against  Matt Duchene
08:44
CGY
Mark Giordano  Interference against  Gabriel Landeskog
11:00
CGY
Tom Kostopoulos  Cross checking against  Matt Duchene
18:25
CGY
Olli Jokinen  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 39TOI: 59:39
Saves: 36EV: 26 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .923SH: 3 - 3
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
5-7-1
SA: 20TOI: 58:09
Saves: 16EV: 13 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 1