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Flames 4, Avalanche 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:16 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 4, Avalanche 1
Colorado Avalanche 1, Calgary Flames 4

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -After three loses to the rival Colorado Avalanche, the Calgary Flames had to take a stand.

"We can't afford to keep giving that team points," defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "We're chasing them down in the standings right now. It's important for us to provide them with nothing."

Owen Nolan scored twice, including an empty-net goal, to lead the Flames to their first win of the season over the Avalanche, 4-1 Tuesday night.

The Flames, who got the win despite mustering only 15 shots on goalie Jose Theodore, had lost three previous meetings this season to their Northwest Division rivals.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla and David Moss, with his first goal of the season, also scored for the Flames. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 20 shots.

Marek Svatos had the goal for the Avalanche, who lost their third straight on a four-game road trip.

"I thought across the board everybody worked hard and did what we wanted to do as far as everybody contributing from shift to shift," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think we've got to build off today and get excited about the next game because if you do those things right you'll generally come up with something."

Colorado continued to rotate Theodore and Peter Budaj in net. Theodore made 12 saves in this one.

Daymond Langkow fed Moss from the boards for a tip past Theodore's glove at 15:51 of the third period to make it 3-1 for the Flames.

Iginla's goal at 10:49 of the second put Calgary up 2-1. He beat Theodore low glove side on a pass through traffic from Matthew Lombardi.

Svatos beat Kiprusoff high glove side on a feed from Paul Stastny to give Colorado a 1-0 lead at 1:54 of the second period, but Nolan tied it 8 seconds later.

Theodore got a piece of his Nolan's slap shot from the left faceoff circle, but not enough to stop it from trickling across the goal line.

Colorado's power play on the road is the second-worst in the NHL, and the Avalanche were held scoreless on five chances with an advantage, including three in the opening period.

Nolan, signed as a free-agent over the summer, didn't score his first goal for the Flames until Nov. 8, but now has four in his last six games.

"I don't think I'm really doing much different, but the puck's going in," he said.

Notes: Calgary C Mark Smith was in the lineup for injured LW Marcus Nilson (concussion). ... Colorado called up forward Cody McCormick from the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters and sent down D Jeff Jillson. ... Avalanche D Karlis Skrastins was activated after missing 12 games with a shoulder injury.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:54
COL
Marek Svatos (8) ASST: Paul Stastny (14), Kyle Cumiskey (2)
1 - 0 COL
02:02
CGY
Owen Nolan (3) ASST: Craig Conroy (4), Rhett Warrener (3)
1 - 1 Tie
09:04
CGY
Jarome Iginla (12) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (8), Robyn Regehr (3)
2 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
15:51
CGY
David Moss (1) ASST: Kristian Huselius (9), Daymond Langkow (12)
3 - 1 CGY
19:25
CGY
EN - Owen Nolan (4) ASST: Eric Nystrom (3), Craig Conroy (5)
4 - 1 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
00:34
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Hi-sticking against  Brad Richardson
11:29
CGY
Rhett Warrener  Tripping against  Tyler Arnason
13:38
COL
Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Godard
13:38
CGY
Eric Godard  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McCormick
15:29
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Tripping against  Scott Hannan
2nd Period
05:44
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Holding against  Jarome Iginla
10:49
COL
Cody McCormick  Too many men/ice - bench
15:44
CGY
David Moss  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
11:57
CGY
Craig Conroy  Cross checking against  Cody McCormick
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 14TOI: 57:58
Saves: 11EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .786SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .952SH: 0 - 0