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Flames Defeat Avalanche 5-3

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- The Calgary Flames extended their winning streak to six games with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Jarome Iginla ignited a four-goal outburst in the first period and the Flames withstood a comeback attempt to post their sixth straight victory.

On Thursday, Colorado tallied four times in the first period and held off the Vancouver Canucks to record a 5-3 win. In this one, Calgary stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the opening session and were forced to rely on goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who yielded three goals in the second but none thereafter.

Iginla opened the scoring at 12:54, gathering the puck and putting it past netminder David Aebischer after defenseman Jordan Leopold's shot from the right point hit him in front.

Tony Amonte doubled Calgary's lead 81 seconds later and Craig MacDonald's shot from center ice found its way by Aebischer, who was pulled after the tally. Rookie Peter Budaj came on and surrendered a power-play goal with 1:55 to go in the period by Chuck Kobasew, who has scored in each of the last three games.

Defenseman Brett Clark got Colorado on the board with a man-advantage tally early in the second before Alex Tanguay scored a pair of goals, including one on a penalty shot, to pull the Avalanche within 4-3.

But blue-liner Andrew Ference unleashed a blast from the right point that Budaj could not stop, opening a two-goal cushion for the Flames.

Steven Reinprecht collected three assists, defenseman Roman Hamrlik set up two goals and Kiprusoff made 27 saves for Calgary, which avenged a 7-3 loss to Colorado on October 10.

Aebischer stopped just five shots in having his personal seven-game winning streak snapped. Budaj made 14 saves for the Avalanche, who lost in regulation for the first time in eight games.

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