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Game Notes vs. Colorado Avalanche

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
Notes, Quotes and Anecdotes from tonight's match with the Colorado Avalanche

Blown Too Soon?

A quick whistle caused a momentum shift late in the game, handing the Flames their sixth straight loss against the Colorado Avalanche.

Flames Line-up
Defence Pairings:
Kiprusoff (S) Keetley
 D Anders Eriksson and F Eric Nystrom were the healthy scratches for the Flames. F Wayne Primeau (ankle sprain) is hurt..

Daymond Langkow’s shot was blown down early despite it rolling through Colorado goaltender Jose Theodore’s legs. A furious crowd tried to spur on a review to no avail.

“I hope he’ll admit his mistake because it was definitely a mistake. You can’t stop the puck, the puck never stopped moving. There was no reason why the whistle should have been blown there,” said Alex Tanguay after the game.

Captain Jarome Iginla was also dismayed with the call but said that the team had other chances to finish the game.

“It was a quick whistle. The momentum of the puck never stopped, but its part of the game. We had other chances. It’s a game we should have had. We had chances to make it three to one and we didn’t. It came back to bite us.”

Former Calgary Flame Jordan Leopold was placed on injured reserve by the Colorado Avalanche on October 26. He suffered a wrist injury during the Av’s 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Leopold was part of the Alex Tanguay trade. In exchange for Tanguay, the Av’s received Leopold, a second round draft pick in 2006 and a conditional draft selection in 2006 or 2007. Since becoming a member of the Av’s, Leopold has played 22 out of 93 possible games due to injury.

Daymond Langkow is within one game of 800. He can reach that milestone on Oct. 30 when the Flames face off against the Nashville Predators.

Langkow also continued on his point streak, grabbing a helper off of Alex Tanguay’s first period goal. This marks the 5th consecutive game Langkow has points in.

Dion Phaneuf got the crowd into the action early with a big hit on former Edmonton Oiler Ryan Smyth.

Sarich Coming Up Big

Fellow defencemen Cory Sarich had a huge stick save during a second period Avalanche power play. With Miikka Kiprusoff held up on one side of the net and a swarm of Colorado players on the other, Sarich threw his stick across the side, blocking the puck from going in the open net.

Sarich also threw a big hit on Wyatt Smith which drew a thunderous applause from the crowd.

Marcus Nilson needs one assist for 100.

Quick End

The game drew to a quick close in overtime when Ryan Smyth scored with a tip-in from Joe Sakic and Brett Clark. A two-on-one ensued when Dion Phaneuf was held up in the neutral zone and couldn’t get back quick enough to stop the rush.

Sakic had a milestone night with his goal and assist. The two points put him at 1,600 career points. He leads all active players in points.

Eric Nystrom and Anders Eriksson were healthy scratches for the Flames. Wayne Primeau is out with an ankle injury.

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