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game recap

Flames 5, Avalanche 4

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:24 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 5, Avalanche 4
Colorado Avalanche 4, Calgary Flames 5

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Todd Bertuzzi is winning over fans in Calgary.

A controversial signing last July, Bertuzzi has turned jeers to cheers early this season by finding the net often. He scored twice Tuesday night to lead the Flames over the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 for their first win of the season.

"Todd played an excellent game for us, the whole line had jump and you could see that he's recapturing the form that we've seen in the past and that's exciting for our team and our fans," Flames coach Mike Keenan said.

Jarome Iginla scored a short-handed goal at 7:23 of the third period that gave the Flames a 4-3 lead over the winless Avalanche.

"You have to give credit to our captain," said Bertuzzi, who has three goals in three games. "He stepped up and fought their tough guy (Cody McCormick), did awesome against him, got a goal and an assist, and turned the game around. That's what leadership is all about and that's why we're moving in the right direction."

Four minutes later, Calgary went ahead by two when Iginla's shot from the right wing was kicked out to Bertuzzi, who slapped the rebound into the open side.

But the Avalanche got within one just 18 seconds later when Ben Guite's 60-foot one-hop wrist shot was muffed by Miikka Kiprusoff.

Colorado wasn't able to score after that, despite a power play. Calgary finally won after opening the season with a pair of losses, one in overtime, to the Vancouver Canucks.

Dustin Boyd and Craig Conroy also scored for the notoriously slow-starting Flames (1-1-1) who are off to their fastest start since 2003-04.

Cody McLeod, John-Michael Liles, and Ryan Smyth also scored for Colorado (0-3-0).

"We can't push the panic button or get discouraged," Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said. "In our first two games, we clearly outplayed the teams, and tonight it seemed like it was going back and forth and both teams were making mistakes and both teams had the heat on them to get this win and we made the last mistake and they were able to capitalize on it."

Notes: Iginla got in a fight for the second straight game, this time going with McCormick. He had two fights before collecting his first point. ... On the day of the federal election in Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and 12-year-old son Ben spent Tuesday morning at the Pengrowth Saddledome watching the Flames practice ... Colorado RW Marek Svatos did not play due to an undisclosed injury... Calgary C Matthew Lombardi played in his 300th career NHL game.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:21
CGY
PPG - Dustin Boyd (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Matthew Lombardi (1), Rene Bourque (2)
1 - 0 CGY
04:17
CGY
PPG - Todd Bertuzzi (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Cammalleri (2), Daymond Langkow (2)
2 - 0 CGY
11:48
COL
Cody McLeod (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Cody McCormick (1)
2 - 1 CGY
16:31
CGY
Craig Conroy (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Curtis Glencross (1), Dion Phaneuf (3)
3 - 1 CGY
19:30
COL
PPG - John-Michael Liles (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (3), Ryan Smyth (1)
3 - 2 CGY
2nd Period
09:00
COL
PPG - Ryan Smyth (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (4), Joe Sakic (2)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
07:23
CGY
PPG - Jarome Iginla (1) Snap shot - ASST: Dion Phaneuf (4), Mike Cammalleri (3)
4 - 3 CGY
11:00
CGY
Todd Bertuzzi (3) Slapshot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (1), Daymond Langkow (3)
5 - 3 CGY
11:18
COL
Ben Guite (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ian Laperriere (1), Jordan Leopold (1)
5 - 4 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
01:46
COL
Darcy Tucker  Hooking against  Jim Vandermeer
03:21
COL
Ian Laperriere  Hooking against  Matthew Lombardi
05:11
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Hi-sticking against  Darcy Tucker
06:35
COL
Tyler Arnason  Too many men/ice - bench
12:21
CGY
David Moss  Interference against  Cody McLeod
18:43
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Hooking against  Wojtek Wolski
20:00
COL
Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj) against  Jarome Iginla
20:00
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McCormick
2nd Period
02:36
COL
Jordan Leopold  Hooking against  Wayne Primeau
07:44
CGY
Cory Sarich  Roughing against  Paul Stastny
09:32
COL
Ben Guite  Hooking against  Daymond Langkow
3rd Period
00:36
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Tripping against  Milan Hejduk
06:02
COL
Adam Foote  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
13:41
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Interference against  Darcy Tucker
19:54
COL
Wojtek Wolski  Hooking against  Cory Sarich
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 35TOI: 59:13
Saves: 30EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 11
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .862SH: 0 - 0