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Flames Power Their Way Past Avs

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
CALGARY (CP) - Led by Dion Phaneuf's goal and assist, the Calgary Flames exhibited a lethal power play Tuesday night in a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Ranked 26th in the NHL with the extra man, the Flames' first three goals all came with the man advantage and a fourth goal coming just one second after a power play expired. The pivotal stretch in the game came early in the second with Calgary up 1-0 when Colorado's Paul Stastny and Brett Clark were assessed coincidental minor penalties.

On the ensuing 5-on-3, the Flames needed only 18 seconds to convert with Phaneuf one-timing a hard slapshot past Jose Theodore from the blue-line at 3:15.

A minute and 15 seconds later with the Avalanche still down a man, Matthew Lombardi was at the side of the net to knock in Chuck Kobasew's rebound, giving Calgary a 3-0 lead.

Jarome Iginla, Roman Hamrlik, and former Avalanche star Alex Tanguay also scored for Calgary (11-10-2).

The Flames rebound from back-to-back road defeats to win its sixth in a row at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Calgary is now tied with the Avalanche in the tight Northwest Division.

Paul Stastny and Wojtek Wolski had third period goals for Colorado (11-11-2). The two rookies are both in the top five in NHL rookie scoring.

Calgary struck first at 14:51 of the first period when Iginla scored his team-leading 12th goal with nine seconds left in a double-minor to Marek Svatos for high-sticking.

Daymond Langkow slid the puck over to Phaneuf at the blue-line, whose low slapshot was deflected by Iginla past goaltender Jose Theodore.

Calgary led 4-0 in the third period when Stastny banged in puck a from a scramble 59 seconds into the period with the Avalanche enjoying a two-man advantage.

Tanguay, in his first game against his former team, restored Calgary's four-goal lead at 4:07 whipping in a shot from the slot.

Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 23 saves while the much busier Theodore had 32 stops.
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