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Flames rest regulars, lose to Avs

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
 

 

DENVER (AP) -Joe Sakic scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, giving him 100 points for the first time since 2001 and leading Colorado past Calgary 6-3 Sunday night in a game rendered meaningless by the Avalanche's loss 24 hours earlier.

It was the first time in the Avalanche's 11 seasons in Denver that the team played a game with the playoffs out of their grasp.

This game was setting up to be an all-or-nothing affair until the Avalanche blew a third-period lead Saturday night and lost to Nashville, when Peter Forsberg broke Colorado's hearts again, assisting on the go-ahead goal that would eliminate the Avs from the playoff race.

Colorado's loss to the Predators handed the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference to the Flames, who lost to lowly Edmonton at home.

So, instead of a packed Pepsi Center on Easter night for a showdown, the lineups lacked all the stars and the seats weren't packed with fans, making for a quiet and solemn atmosphere until the third period, when the Avs grabbed their first lead on Sakic's goal and Ian Laperriere went at it with Dion Phaneuf.

The crowd, sparse as it was, stood and gave the Avs a prolonged ovation when the game ended and the Avs held their sticks high in appreciation on the ice before filing through the tunnel, their season over.

Starting goaltenders Miikka Kiprusoff and Peter Budaj were spectators, replaced by Jamie McLennan and Jose Theodore, respectively, in a game that had an exhibition feel to it until Sakic's power-play goal 44 seconds into the third period gave Colorado its first lead at 4-3 moved him into a tie with Bobby Hull for 14th place on the career goals list with 610.

Sakic also had two assists, giving him 15 against the Flames, a single-season franchise record. His 20 points against Calgary this season tied Peter Stastny's franchise record set in 1987-88 against the Hartford Whalers.

And Sakic's 1,589 career points are one shy of Phil Esposito for eighth place in league history.

Scott Parker followed Sakic's goal with his first goal since Dec. 20, 2005, against Anaheim, making it 5-3, and Paul Stastny capped the comeback with a goal in the final minute.

The Flames took a 1-0 lead into the second period, where the teams traded goals until it was 3-3.

Former Avs forward Alex Tanguay assisted on Calgary's first two goals, his second one to Marcus Nilson that broke a 1-1 tie. Five minutes later, Sakic got his first assist when Andrew Brunette tied it at 2.

After Stephane Yelle's goal gave Calgary a 3-2 lead, Sakic assisted on Wojtek Wolski's goal that tied it at 3.

David Moss beat Colorado defenseman Jeff Finger for the rebound and knocked it in for a 1-0 Calgary lead in the first period. The Avs tied it 1:14 into the second period when Ben Guite picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and fired a wrist shot from the slot that went off the crossbar and into the net.

Despite going 15-2-2 in their last 19 games, the Avs won't be in the playoffs for the first time since the franchise moved from Quebec 12 years ago.

NOTEWORTHY

The Flames rested Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow, Jeff Friesen, Robyn Regehr, Rhett Warrener and Miikka Kiprusoff ....No team in NHL history scored as many points as the Avalanche (95) and failed to make the playoffs. ... This was a makeup of the Dec. 21 game that was postponed by a blizzard. ... Avs F Marek Svatos sat out with a groin injury.

 
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Boxscore
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OT
Final
  Calgary
1
2
0
0
3
Colorado
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3
3
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6

FlamesLines

Forwards
Tanguay
Conroy
Moss
Huselius
Lombardi
Amonte
Ritchie
Yelle
Nilson
Godard
Primeau
McCarty
Defence Pairings
Stuart
Hale
Phaneuf
Hamrlik
Zyuzin
Giordano
Goalies
Kiprusoff
(S) McLennan

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Official scoresheet

Super Stats

numbers

80 - Points for Alex Tanguay, a career high after assisting on David Moss' goal in the first period

2 - Goals in two games for Marcus Nilson

900 - Points for Tony Amonte after an assist in the second period. It was assist number 484

100 - Points for Joe Sakic this season. 20 of them came against the Flames. He had a goal and two assists Sunday.

threestars

1. Sakic - Goal, two assists

2. Laperriere - Gritty effort for Avs forward

3. Guite- Goal and an assist for Avs

nextgame


Round 1 Game 1
Thursday April 12 vs. Detroit
5 p.m. MT at Joe Louis Arena
CBC/Versus and The Fan 960



 













 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 





     
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