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Stastny Extends Point Streak With Game Winner Against Flames

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche

DENVER (AP) - Paul Stastny extended his NHL rookie record point streak to 19 games with a third-period goal and the Colorado Avalanche stayed in the playoff hunt with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

The Avalanches eight points behind Calgary for eighth place in the Western Conference with each team having 12 games left.

Stastny, who has nine goals and 18 assists during the streak, has recorded a point in each game since Feb. 3.

Joe Sakic scored his 602nd goal to move past Jari Kurri into 16th place on the NHL career list. Milan Hejduk added a power play goal, and Andrew Brunette had two assists. Peter Budaj made 17 saves.

Jarome Iginla scored his 34th of the season, and Stephane Yelle added a power-play tally for Calgary. Roman Hamrlik recorded his 500th point

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 39 shots for the Flames, who have the second worst road record in the West (9-16-8).

Stastny's snapped a 2-2 tie 50 seconds into the third period.

Brett McLean beat a Calgary defenseman to the puck deep in the Flames' zone, and dropped the puck to a trailing Stastny, who took several strides and squeezed a shot between Kiprusoff's pads.

The Flames had a chance to tie when Colorado defenseman Ken Klee took a slashing penalty with 2:19 remaining. Calgary pulled Kiprusoff with 46 seconds left to gain a 6-on-4 skating advantage. The Flames, however, didn't get a puck on net. They were outshot 13-5 in the final period.

Calgary led 2-1 after the first period despite falling behind just 1:15 in.

Kiprusoff stopped Andrew Brunette's slap shot, but Wojtek Wolski chased down the puck and fed Sakic from behind the net for goal No. 28.

The Flames took the lead with two power-play goals. Iginla deflected Roman Hamrlik's shot from the left point off the left post and past Budaj at 14:45, with one second left on the advantage.

Yelle tapped the puck in at 17:22 after taking Budaj out of the play with a nifty move.

Colorado outshot the Flames 18-5 in the second period and tied the game at 2-2 on Hejduk's 29th at 16:20.

Notes: The Avalanche honored eight World War II veterans of the 10th Mountain Division. ... Colorado RW Marek Svatos (groin) missed his sixth consecutive game. ... Former Avalanche LW Alex Tanguay was jeered when he tripped himself to the ice early in the first period. ... Calgary's Tony Amonte had an apparent goal waved off when referee Dennis LaRue blew the play dead at 13:57 of the first period.

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