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Flames shutout Avalanche in Denver

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

DENVER, CO -- Karri Ramo made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season in the Calgary Flames' 4-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Saturday.

Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla, who needs one goal for 600 in his NHL career, has gone three games without one since scoring his 599th on Dec. 27 against the Arizona Coyotes. He had one shot on goal.

The Flames (18-18-2) were outscored 5-1 in losing two straight games before Saturday.

The Flames seized control with three goals in the second period to build a 4-0 lead and chase goalie Semyon Varlamov. Calvin Pickard replaced Varlamov at 13:07 when Mikael Backlund put in the rebound of Micheal Ferland's shot after a giveaway by defenceman Tyson Barrie.

Varlamov, who faced 19 shots, has allowed 16 goals during a four-game losing streak (0-2-2).

The Avalanche (18-18-3) continue to struggle at home, where they're 6-9-3. They trail the Nashville Predators by six points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

Josh Jooris gave the Flames a 2-0 lead at 8:18 of the second period when he tipped Mark Giordano's wrist shot from the left point into the net. Jooris was a healthy scratch in the four previous games.

Matt Stajan increased the lead to 3-0 at 10:47 after Dennis Wideman took a shot from the right point. Stajan was between the faceoff circles when he deflected the puck past Varlamov.

The Flames took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a power-play goal by Dougie Hamilton at 7:57. After Varlamov made a save, the rebound caromed into the left faceoff circle, where Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog turned it over. Hamilton shot the puck between the goalie's legs.

It was the first time in a 12-game stretch that the Avalanche didn't score first.

Hamilton's goal came with Avalanche center John Mitchell off for slashing Lance Bouma, a penalty that came 26 seconds after Colorado finished killing off Mitchell's penalty for interfering with Giordano.

The Avalanche failed to convert on two power plays in the first period. Iginla had a couple of chances but didn't have a shot on goal, with one shot from the slot getting blocked.

Flames forward Jiri Hudler left the game in the second period and did not return.

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