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Flames 6, Avalanche 3

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:45 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 6, Avalanche 3
Colorado Avalanche 3, Calgary Flames 6

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Before the game, Matthew Lombardi had a good feeling about the Calgary Flames' chances against the Colorado Avalanche.

Chris Simon, Craig MacDonald and Daymond Langkow scored second-period goals to rally the Flames to a 6-3 victory Friday night.

"The boys were feeling really good this morning and really excited to get into the game and it showed out there," said Lombardi, who scored on a short-handed penalty shot and had an assist.

Shean Donovan and Chuck Kobasew also scored, and Jarome Iginla had two assists for Calgary.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves for his 37th win of the season as the Flames (41-24-8) moved two points ahead of the Avalanche (40-25-8) for first place in the Northwest Division.

Donovan said the players all know how important each and every point is from here on in.

"We want to be in the playoffs and we've got to win these games," Donovan said. "It's playoff hockey and it feels like playoff hockey."

Joe Sakic scored twice, 25 seconds apart in the first period, and Cody McCormick added a goal in the third for Colorado. Milan Hejduk assisted on both of Sakic's goals.

Trailing 2-1 after one period, the Flames came out and dominated in the second, outshooting the Avalanche 12-3.

"We came out in the second and played unbelievable," Donovan said. "Guy like MacDonald and Ritchie and (Simon) and Chucky (Kobasew) and all those guys were flying around and generating a lot in the offensive zone. That's what we've got to do to get into the playoffs."

Chris Simon tied the score on a disputed goal at 3:05. Byron Ritchie centered the puck from behind the goal line to Simon, who was driving toward the net while being tied up by Colorado forward Jim Dowd. The puck bounced into the net past goalie Peter Budaj off Simon's skate. After a short review, the goal stood.

MacDonald then put the Flames up when he swatted a pass from Donovan past Budaj at 12:14. Iginla set up Langkow for an easy tap-in goal to make it 4-2 with 1:15 to go.

Colorado defenseman Rob Blake admitted the Flames' forechecking was, at times, too much for the Avalanche defense to handle.

"When you spend that much time in your zone running around, (the puck's) bound to be in the back of your net sooner or later," he said.

Sakic agreed.

"They came out and outworked us," he said. "They were flying in the second and we didn't match it."

After McCormick scored to pull Colorado within one nearly 6 minutes into the third, Donovan scored into the top corner over Budaj's outstretched glove hand near the midpoint of the period.

Lombardi rounded out the scoring with his penalty shot goal with 8 1/2 minutes left.

Shortly after that, Vitaliy Kolesnik replaced Budaj, who finished with 23 saves.

Kobasew opened the scoring for Calgary with a power-play goal 3:11 into the game. After taking a pass from Lombardi, Kobasew circled behind the net and then out front before directing a shot off the back of Budaj's leg and into the net.

Sakic tied the game during a Colorado power play at 14:26 when he took a pass from Hejduk and quickly backhanded a shot past Kiprusoff.

On his next shift, Sakic slapped in a rebound past Kiprusoff to put the Avalanche up 2-1.

Notes: Sakic stretched his point streak to nine games. He has eight goals and nine assists during that stretch. Sakic is now one goal behind Mike Bossy (573) for 17th place on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list. ... Although Calgary forward Darren McCarty dressed for the game, he didn't take a shift because of a groin injury. ... The Flames were without defensemen Jordan Leopold (groin) and Rhett Warrener (knee) and forwards Mike Leclerc (wrist), Marcus Nilson (knee) and Jamie Lundmark (eye). ... Colorado defenseman Karlis Skrastins stretched his consecutive games played streak to 425 contests, which is the second longest streak among defensemen in NHL history behind Tim Horton's mark of 486.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:11
CGY
PPG - Chuck Kobasew (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Matthew Lombardi (17), Tony Amonte (24)
1 - 0 CGY
14:26
COL
PPG - Joe Sakic (29) Backhand shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (30), Andrew Brunette (35)
1 - 1 Tie
14:51
COL
Joe Sakic (30) Backhand shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (31), Patrice Brisebois (23)
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
03:05
CGY
Chris Simon (7) Tip-in - ASST: Byron Ritchie (2), Jarome Iginla (26)
2 - 2 Tie
12:14
CGY
Craig MacDonald (3) Tip-in - ASST: Shean Donovan (11), Cale Hulse (4)
3 - 2 CGY
18:45
CGY
Daymond Langkow (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (27), Chris Simon (13)
4 - 2 CGY
3rd Period
05:55
COL
Cody McCormick (3) Snap shot - ASST: Brett McLean (28), Dan Hinote (8)
4 - 3 CGY
09:52
CGY
Shean Donovan (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Robyn Regehr (18)
5 - 3 CGY
11:29
CGY
SHG - PS - Matthew Lombardi (6) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 3 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
02:09
COL
Antti Laaksonen  Hooking against  Cale Hulse
14:19
CGY
Stephane Yelle  Slashing against  Joe Sakic
15:45
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Hooking against  Karlis Skrastins
19:24
COL
Brett Clark  Holding against  Matthew Lombardi
2nd Period
05:54
COL
Joe Sakic  Tripping against  Chuck Kobasew
3rd Period
10:47
CGY
Cale Hulse  Holding against  Dan Hinote
14:28
CGY
Bryan Marchment  Roughing against  Ian Laperriere
14:28
COL
Ian Laperriere  Roughing against  Bryan Marchment
15:25
CGY
Shean Donovan  Interference against  Brett McLean
20:00
COL
Brad May  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
20:00
COL
Brad May  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
goalie stats
Vitaly Kolesnik
SA: 1TOI: 5:36
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 29TOI: 52:06
Saves: 23EV: 13 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .793SH: 2 - 3
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 26TOI: 59:50
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0