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Flames edged by Avalanche in shootout

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Mikkel Boedker scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Colorado Avalanche a come-from-behind 4-3 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

Boedker raced in and beat Joni Ortio with a backhand in the second round of the tiebreaker. Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov ended the game by stopping Sean Monahan's wrist shot in the third round.

Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie, Carl Soderberg scored, and Varlamov made 30 saves for the Avalanche (37-31-4), who overcame a 3-1 deficit to move three points ahead of the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. The Wild have a game at hand.

Matt Stajan, Mark Giordano and Freddie Hamilton scored, and Ortio made 25 saves for the Flames (30-35-6).

Soderberg tied the game 3-3 with a goal at 9:11 of the third period. Ortio stopped Shawn Matthias on back-to-back chances during a scramble, but Soderberg picked up the puck and scored his 12th of the season.

Calgary took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Jyrki Jokipakka's centering pass deflected off Stajan's skate and behind Varlamov at 9:20.

Johnson tied the game 1-1 at 17:19. Ortio made a save on Nathan MacKinnon's initial shot, but Boedker corralled the rebound and passed to Johnson, who shot over a diving Ortio for his 11th of the season.

Lance Bouma assisted on two short-handed goals in a 30-second span early in the second period to give the Flames a 3-1 lead.

With Deryk Engelland in the penalty box for delay of game after clearing the puck over the glass, Bouma forced a turnover in the neutral zone on a botched drop pass between Barrie and MacKinnon. Josh Jooris gained the zone and passed to Giordano, who beat Varlamov with a shot over the blocker at 5:17 for a 2-1 lead.

With Engelland still in the box, Bouma retrieved an errant pass before sliding the puck to Hamilton for a tap-in at 5:47 to put Calgary up 3-1. It was Hamilton's first goal as a member of the Flames and second of his NHL career.

Bouma entered the night with three assists in 34 games this season.

The Flames' record for the fastest two short-handed goals was set Oct. 17, 1989, when Doug Gilmour and Paul Ranheim scored four seconds apart against the Quebec Nordiques. The Flames had two shorthanded goals in their first 67 games, but have scored five in the past four games; they've allowed two power-play goals in the same span.

Barrie cut the lead to 3-2 at 8:33 with a shot from the boards that deflected off Giordano before getting behind Ortio.

Avalanche defenceman Eric Gelinas left the game with 4:06 remaining in the second period because of a shoulder injury and did not return. Gelinas appeared to be injured on a hit by Flames forward Garnet Hathaway. Colorado was also without forward Matt Duchene, who is day-to-day with a knee injury.

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