CALGARY -- The Colorado Avalanche will hang on to first place in the Northwest Division.
Colorado Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson looks back at the puck as Calgary Flames' Rene Bourque scores \
The Avs defeated Calgary 3-2 at the Pengrowth Saddledome Tuesday to stretch their lead in the Northwest to three points over the Flames.
The Flames fell behind in the first but gained the lead in the second only to have the Avs score twice in 42 seconds to regain a lead they would not relenquish.
"We gave up those two goals there in the second when we started to get things going," said head coach Brent Sutter. "That second goal was a terrible goal to give up and then we took a penalty right after."
With the Flames trailing 1-0 in the second, Jarome Iginla blasted a shot past Craig Anderson and Rene Bourque scored shorthanded after Kyle Quincey broke a stick, giving the Flames a great opportunity to rush the puck down a man.
The lead was short-lived as the Avs struck back with a goal from Cody McLeod at even strength and a Milan Hejduk power play goal in the span of 1:06 late in the period to give the Avs a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
While the Flames pushed in the third, the Avs pushed back with some strong defensive play.
"They are a patient team. They block a lot of shots. It was one of those games that there wasn't a lot happening because both teams play a similar style. The neutral zone was clogged up," said Sutter.
The Flames started the game well, outshooting the Avs 6-0 through the first six minutes of the game but the Avs persevered and took a 1-0 lead to the dressing room on a Ryan Wilson goal, his first in the NHL.
THE NUMBERS GAME
1 - NHL goal for Ryan Wilson, the Colorado defenceman who was Calgary's property until a trade on March 4 of last season
2 - Shorthanded goals for Rene Bourque this season after scoring on a penalty-kill in the second period.
4 - Straight wins for the Avs over the Flames dating back to last season. The Avs have won both meetings between the teams this year.
5 - Game point streak for Rene Bourque (2g-3a-5p)
6 - Minutes before the Avs managed a shot on the Flames net in the first period. They quickly made it count, scoring shortly after, and finishing with 10 shots on net. The Flames had 12.
7 - Shots on goal for Flames captain Jarome Iginla to lead all players
8 - Number of goals for Flames captain Jarome Iginla in seven games in November. after working hard to get the puck low along the wall, Iginla slid into the slot for a one-time blast off a feed from Curtis Glencross for the Flames first goal of the game.
37 - Percent success rate for the Flames in the face-off circle. Ouch.
386- Blocked shots this season by the Avs. They blocked 24 against Calgary Tuesday and are second in the league at keeping shots away from the net.
Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester has points in his last two games, a goal and an assist. He picked up the assist Tuesday with a nice set-up of Rene Bourque for the Flames second goal...Milan Hejduk's goal in the second period was reviewed as it appeared to be kicked in by Darcy Tucker but the review revealed the puck banked in off a Flames skate...The Flames assigned defenceman Staffan Kronwall to the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL for a conditioning stint earlier in the day...The Flames host the Hawks on Thursday looking to avenge a 6-5 overtime loss in October in the Windy City. Gametime is 7:30 p.m. on Sportsnet West and The Fan 960...
WHY THEY LOST
The Flames were unable to hang on to the momentum after gaining a lead. The Avs played some strong defence once they had that lead and got strong goaltending from Craig Anderson.
THE BIG HIT
An aggressive and angry Rene Bourque works over Ryan Wilson with two big, back-to-back hits on a Flames forecheck in the second period. Bourque had take a little smack to the face from Wilson moments earlier at the Flames blueline so there was a little payback in mind.
THE TURNING POINT
The Avs scored two goals in 42 seconds late in the second period to regain the lead and take the momentum away from the Flames.
Flames scratches were D Aaron Johnson and F Brian McGrattan. D Staffan Kronwall was assigned to Abbotsford (AHL) on a conditioning stint earlier in the day.
Ryan Wilson - Goal and assist for Avs d-man Rene Bourque - Most dangerous Flame Scott Hannan - Solid on the Avs blueline