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Sakic's Five Points, Hejduk's Hat Trick Propel Avs To Win In Calgary

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Joe Sakic scored twice, including his 600th career goal, and added three assists to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-5 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.

Sakic reached the 600-goal mark by scoring into an empty net, becoming the 17th player in NHL history to get there. Brendan Shanahan and Jaromir Jagr also reached 600 with the Rangers earlier this season.

Milan Hejduk had three goals for the Avalanche which has won two straight. Andrew Brunette added a goal and two assists, while Brett Clark had the other goal.

Jarome Iginla and Matthew Lombardi had two goals each for Calgary while Craig Conroy finished with a goal and an assist. Former Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay added three assists.

Iginla opened the scoring at 9:48 of the first period, blasting a pass from Tanguay past Colorado goalie Peter Budaj. Conroy made it 2-0 at 11:57 when his shot to the top corner beat Budaj on the short side.

Sakic cut Calgary's lead to 2-1 with 20.3 seconds left in the period. He converted Brunette's pass, beating Miikka Kiprusoff on the power play.

Sakic then set up Brunette for his 20th goal at 5:47 of the second to make it 2-2. But the Flames again took a two-goal lead on tallies from Lombardi and Iginla.

Iginla's goal, his 27th of the season, chased Budaj, who was replaced by Jose Theodore after stopping 16 of 20 shots. The move seemed to spark Hejduk, who scored on the power play, then at even strength in the period to tie the score once again.

Clark scored on a slapshot in the third that just got past Kiprusoff before defenseman Rhett Warrener could clear it away. Originally, the play was allowed to continue, but after a video replay, the goal stood.

Lombardi scored his second of the game and 18th of the season to make it 5-5 before Hejduk tipped Ken Klee's point shot past Kiprusoff to put the Avalanche ahead for good.

Notes: These teams meet again here Saturday night, then Tuesday night in Denver . . . Colorado's Karlis Skrastins appeared in his 490th consecutive game, the longest streak by a defenseman in NHL history . . . Hejduk extended his scoring streak (five goals, four assists) to five games, including three straight multi-point contests . . . Sakic now has a six-game point streak (five goals, eight assists).

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