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Sakic Scores Twice As Avalanche Beats Flames 7-4

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
DENVER (AP) - Joe Sakic scored two goals in a five-goal second period for Colorado to help the Avalanche knock off the Northwest Division-leading Calgary Flames 7-4 on Tuesday night.

The two goals pushed Sakic (561) past Guy Lafleur for 18th place all-time NHL goal scoring list. It also ended an 10-game goal-less streak for Sakic, who last scored on Dec. 30 at San Jose.

Antti Laaksonen had a short-handed goal as the Avalanche ended a two-game losing streak.

Chuck Kobasew had his first career hat trick for the Flames, who maintained their two-point lead in the division over Vancouver.

Calgary had won the first four games of a five-game road trip.

The Flames outshot the Avalanche 13-6 in the first period and had a 44-second two-man advantage, but could only manage a 1-1 tie. Brett Clark put Colorado ahead 1-0 with his fourth of the year, a slap shot from the slot at 4:14 after receiving a pass from behind the net from Ian Laperriere.

Kobasew got the equalizer for the Flames at 9:00 with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that got past Aebischer's glove.

The Avalanche then scored five goals in the second period, two by Sakic, to put the Avalanche ahead 6-2. The Avalanche captain scored a power-play goal 23 seconds into the period, rebounding his own shot past Philippe Sauve, but Kobasew picked off a turnover inside the Colorado zone with the teams skating 4-on-4 and beat David Aebischer with a slap shot from the right circle to tie it at 2 at 4:33.

Passes from Marek Svatos to Alex Tanguay in front of the net set up Sakic's second power-play goal at 7:41. Sakic set up John-Michael Liles' shot from the left circle at 10:36 to make it 4-2.

The scoring surge ended when Laaksonen added a short-handed goal at 13:22 off a breakaway and Svatos put a one-timer in from the slot for 29th goal of the year at 16:31.

Calgary made it interesting in the third period. Kobasew completed his hat trick at 3:44 and Steven Reinprecht's power-play goal at 7:29 made it 6-4. Tanguay converted a pass from Svatos with 7:40 left to complete the scoring.


Joe Sakic scored his 560th and 561st goals of his career tonight, passing Guy Lafleur (560) for 18th place in NHL history ... Sakic snapped a season-high 10-game goal-scoring drought tonight as he scored for the first time since Dec. 30 at San Jose ... Joe's career long is 18 consecutive games without a goal done in 2001-02 ... Sakic recorded his 891st career assist tonight, tying Dale Hawerchuk for 17th place all-time ... Next on the list is Phil Housley with 894 assists ... Sakic tied a season high with three points (second time, last: Dec. 26 vs. Phoenix) ... Chuck Kobasew tallied his first career hat trick tonight ... Kobasew became just the second opponent to ever score a hat trick at the Pepsi Center, joining Marian Hossa, who scored three times for the Senators on Nov. 6, 2002 ... John-Michael Liles extended his point streak to five games tonight (2g, 6a), setting a new career high for consecutive games with a point ... Liles scored his 11th goal of the season, topping the 10 he scored as a rookie in 2003-04 ... Liles leads all Colorado defensemen in both goals and points this year ... David Aebischer improved to 8-2 this month, tying Patrick Roy's franchise record for wins in the month of January...Roy won eight games in January of 2001 ... Abby is now one short of matching the team mark for wins in any month (9), done four different times ... David Aebischer started his 10th consecutive game tonight ... The last Avalanche goalie to start 10 consecutive games was Patrick Roy, who started 12 straight from Feb. 25-March 20, 2000 ... Brett McLean extended his point streak to four games (0g, 6a), matching his career best set Nov. 1-9, 2003 ... Colorado's defensemen combined for two goals tonight and continue to lead the NHL with 36 goals this season ... Calgary's seven goals allowed tonight matched its season most, also done by the Avalanche back on Oct. 10 here at Pepsi Center (7-3 Colorado win) ... The Avs also tied their season high with seven goals (fourth time).


David Aebischer: "Offensively, we played really well. We made a couple of mistakes and they had a chance to come back but we got the ‘W'." On Sauve... "I don't know what the heck he was doing there. But he asked me to ‘go' and I couldn't say no. It wasn't really a fight, it was just a little pushing around I punches landed so it doesn't really count. (Sauve) might have been a little bit frustrated with the game but I don't know." On Joe Sakic... "It's really important (that he scored). Offensively, he played really well. I think we have to tighten up a little bit more defensively to be as good as we were during the eight-game winning streak."

Alex Tanguay: "You don't score seven goals on a Calgary team too often. They are a team that is very aggressive and very solid defensively. We just took advantage of our breaks tonight. It's a four-point game, every divisional game for us is going to be a four-point game for us. Whoever is going to finish atop the standings is going to be top three in the conference and playoffs and that's a huge advantage to have one or two rounds at home in the playoffs."

Joe Sakic: On Passing Guy Lafleur... "When I was a kid, you watched him in Montreal and all his magic. I was fortunate enough to room with him for a couple of years on the road when I first started out with Quebec. It means a lot. He's just a tremendous guy. A guy I looked up to and learned a lot from." On His Goal-Scoring Drought... "It was a while, so it's always a nice way to break out of a slump." General... "It's an important stretch for us. Obviously tonight was a big win for us and now we got Dallas and Vancouver, two other teams were trying to catch. We lost a little bit of ground in the last week so it's nice to win this one and try to climb back into it."

Chuck Kobasew: "We didn't play for 60 minutes. We didn't play strong in our own end. As a result, they scored a lot of goals." On His Performance Of Late... "I haven't scored as much as I've like to lately. I got one there early and usually when you get one, you start getting the bounces and you just go with it.. I think the last three of four games, I've been getting opportunities. I've been feeling better about how we're playing. Tonight, I got some bounces and fortunately enough of them went in."

Phil Sauve: On His Fight... "It was a combination of everything. I saw him throw a punch and in my book that makes it 6-on-5. So, out of frustration, my instincts were to go down there. It might not have been the best decision but it's done with and we need to look forward from here. When I got there, he still had his gloves on, so I thought that was kind of unfair. I don't look at it as more than that. I saw it as 6-on-5 so I just came down there. That's pretty much it."

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