GAME AT A GLANCE: It was the first meeting in a long time between the Calgary Flames and Northwest Division rivals, the Colorado Avalanche. So long in fact, these two teams haven't seen the likes of one another since Nov. 24 when the Flames devoured the Avs 5-2 at Denver's Pepsi Center. The last time they met at the Pengrowth Saddledome was only days earlier, with the Flames beating the Avs 4-1 on Nov. 20.
While the Flames entered the game looking for their fifth straight win, the Avs had something different in mind - start winning and get back in the race for the playoffs.
With both teams eager to renew their rivalry, fans knew going in it was going to be a heated physical battle against the Avs -- and it was, but it wasn't in the Flames favour as the Avs went on to beat them 3-2 in overtime.
Colorado's Ryan Smyth opened the scoring 4:08 into the first on a fierce backhand shot that bounced off of the glove of netminder Miikka Kiprusoff, who thought the puck deflected off the post and not on net. But once the Colorado celebrations began, he knew he was mistaken. Marek Svatos and Liles had the assists.
Eric Godard and Scott Parker drop the gloves and both get a couple blows in until Godard loses his footing and drops to the ice. The match doesn't get too heated, as Parker is seen patting Godard on the head after the Calgary forward picks himself up off the ice.
Flames' Dustin Boyd ties the game at one, after a smooth cross ice pass from fellow teammate Owen Nolan. Boyd waits left of Colorado netminder Jose Theodore and wrists the puck into the wide open net before Theodore can get over to make the save. Matthew Lombardi also added a helper.
Liles appears to take a Dion Phaneuf one-timer off the leg, dropping him to the ice. The Avs' defenceman is helped off the ice, but returns later in the period.
Still looking for the go-ahead goal, Matthew Lombardi rings a quick shot off the goal post 10:23 in the middle frame.
Kristian Huselius is also robbed by the goal post when his nifty backhand move deflects off the Avs net and back into play at 12:39.
After back-to-back shots off the goal post, the Flames finally get one up on the opposition when Calgary's Robyn Regehr scores shorthanded at 12:58 to give the Flames their first lead of the game. Regehr releases a long shot just past the blueline and a lucky bounce off of Colorado's Scott Hannan's skate puts the puck into the wide open net.
Just when things were going Calgary's way, David Hale was sent to the box for tripping 13:17 into the third, which sent Colorado out onto the man-advantage. Milan Hejduk tied the game at two, forcing it into overtime, with a wrist shot that the forward wired past the Flames' netminder at 13:33.
Jarome Iginla takes a tripping penalty 1:37 into overtime, forcing the Flames out on the penalty kill, and with their captain out of play the Flames have to come up big moves. They appear to be doing a good job at keeping the puck away from Kiprusoff, until Paul Stastny fires a wrister on a move that pulled Kiprusoff too far right, giving the forward the wide open net. Ryan Smyth had the lone helper.
Obviously upset with the call, Iginla figures the call late period call was a little one sided, as the Avs should have been called for diving on the play.
"I think my hand is on his hip and he dives; usually it's both ways, but he didn't see it that way tonight," Iginla says of the call.
"I thought we were going good, but they got two late power play goals They were a desperate hockey club, and I thought we matched it. There were a lot of good things, but the power play goals were the difference."