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Game Rush: Flames vs. Avalanche

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

3-2 SO

CALGARY, AB -- For the second straight game, the Calgary Flames needed a shootout to decide the winner but this time, the result wasn't in their favour.

Despite outshooting the Avalanche 46-21 and outplaying them in every aspect of the game, the Flames fell 3-2 in the shootout. xxxx
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The biggest reason for Colorado's win? Craig Anderson. The netminder was absolutely phenomenal after the Flames two goals, shutting them down in spectacular fashion.

"He played well," Bourque said. "We had a lot of chances, second and third opportunities. We hit a few posts but he was there to make some big saves."

Bourque singled out the power play as the reason for the loss. The Flames had several opportunites to end the game with the man advantage both in the third period and in overtime.

"We had a lot of chances to put it away on the power play and we didn't do that. We need to fix that because that should have won us the game," he sighed. "We have said plays but they're not working right now. We've got to figure out what's wrong and we've got to fix it. Our power play has to be better and it should be winning us games like this."

Bourque picked up his third goal in his last three games after an absolutely beautiful play by Daymond Langkow. The centerman beat Scott Hannan in a foot race to the puck and drew the attention of Hannan's defense partner Ryan Wilson. Both targeted Langkow, leaving Bourque wide open to one-time the pass over Craig Anderson's glove.

The Flames went ahead by two in the second period when Dustin Boyd backhanded a Brian McGrattan pass past Anderson stick side. It was McGrattan's first point since Oct. 16 when he scored a goal and a assist against the Vancouver Canucks.

Colorado stayed resiliant through the period and managed to get on the board when John-Michael Liles scored a power play goal at 13:16. They tied it up with under 5:00 left when a shot by Chris Stewart squeaked by a screened Miikka Kiprusoff.

After that, Anderson did the rest for the Avalanche. He kept his team in the game through a flurry of Flames shots to end regulation, a 5-on-3 for the Flames during overtime and was strong in the shootout.

The Flames went with the same three shooters that they used in Vancouver: Nigel Dawes, Olli Jokinen and Jamie Lundmark. Only Jokinen managed to score while Kiprusoff stopped two of the Avalanche's three shooters.

Sidney Crosby and Penguins make a rare visit to the Pengrowth Saddledome on Wednesday. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. MST on TSN & The FAN 960.

There is only one reason the Flames lost: Craig Anderson. The Flames were absolutely dominant through 65 minutes. They outshot, outhit and outplayed the Avalanche all night but Anderson was heroic in net. There's not much one can take away from the Flames in the game other than the inability to get the power play clicking. They had a 5-on-3 advantage for 19 seconds during overtime but wasted a lot of that time passing. Other than that, it was a tremendously solid game for the boys in Red.

D Staffan Kronwall, D Aaron Johnson and F Fredrick Sjostrom were healthy scratches ... it was Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night. The national anthems were played by the Canadian Armed Forces band, a ceremonial puck drop was held and every available Calgary solider received two free tickets to the game. The intermission entertainment featured Armed Forces members as well ... the three prior games in the Flames/Avalanche season series ended in a 3-2 decision.

Robyn Regehr and Chris Stewart dropped the gloves just 20 seconds in ... before the 4:00 mark, there were 3 fights and 1 shot total ... in the first period, there were 36 penalty minutes dealt out ... Bourque has is on a 3 game goal streak. He's scored 1 in each game ... Boyd's goal was his first in 12 games ... Mark Giordano had 28:09 of ice time, leading all players ... Jokinen had 7 shots on net ...  blocked shots were 27-8 for the Avalanche ... Jokinen led all players in faceoff wins, taking 67 per cent of his draws ... Dion Phaneuf had 6:51 of power play time.

"That's the way it goes sometimes. After the game against Vancouver ... we had a pretty emotional game. We did a good job coming out here and not having a letdown or anything like that. We had some chances, we had over 40 shots." - Jay Bouwmeester on the tough loss

"That's part of when you go to a shootout: it can go either way. We played a good game. We play enough like that, we're going to win a lot of games." - Jarome Iginla on his team's effort against the Avs

"Tonight, it wasn't just shots from the outside. We had a lot of great chances right till the end. Unfortunately we didn't bury them and finish them. It was a good game for us." - Iginla on getting pucks to the net




Rene Bourque
Scored his 3rd in 3 games, had 19:35 of ice time
Mark Giordano
Another stellar night for the dependable blueliner
Jarome Iginla
 A monster all night with chance after chance

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