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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Avalanche

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

Cammalleri leads Flames over Avs

CALGARY -- With Jarome Iginla's future in doubt, the Calgary Flames did their best to impress their captain.

Mike Cammalleri had two goals while Joey MacDonald made 27 saves as the Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday night.

Iginla served as a healthy scratch - the first game he's missed since April 8, 2007, a span of 441 games - amidst trade speculation before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Kenneth Agostino, Ben Hanowski and a first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Inspired, Jiri Hudler put the Flames on the board 8:10 into the game. Taking a feed from Roman Cervenka in the corner, Hudler banged the puck behind Avalanche starter Semyon Varlamov to give Calgary a 1-0 lead.

Steve Begin added another at 12:01 after bouncing in a backhander from the goal line to give the Flames a two-goal edge.

After Jamie McGinn and Cammalleri traded near-identical rebound goals, Gabriel Landeskog closed Calgary's lead to one moments after Joey MacDonald - giving rest to Miikka Kiprusoff - robbed Matt Duchene. Landeskog's centering pass hit the side of the net, bounced up onto MacDonald's pad and trickled into the net to cut the lead to 3-2 at 9:14.

Cammalleri answered the goal again with his one-timer from the bottom of the faceoff circle at 12:41.

From there, MacDonald held the fort, allowing only a Ryan O'Reilly goal on a Colorado 5-on-3 power play for the 4-3 final.

GOAL OF THE GAME

With former Flames' forward Chuck Kobasew in the box for hooking, Cervenka fed Hudler, who, and after a couple of whacks, poked the puck behind Varlamov 8:10 into the game.

SAVE OF THE GAME

After turning the corner on a Flames defenseman, Matt Duchene drove to the net. MacDonald got his paddle on the initial attempt but the rebound popped in the air, forcing the Flames goaltender to reach back with his glove and snag the puck out of mid-air.

HIT OF THE GAME

Separating Mark Olver from the puck behind the Avalanche net, Tim Jackman made sure the puck was loose for Begin's first period goal, his second of the season and Calgary's second of the game.

TURNING POINT

Cammalleri's second of the night restored a two-goal cushion that the Flames would need to extend their winning streak at Scotiabank Saddledome to eight.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

"I don't know what it is but there was definitely an emotion involved from his absence."

-Mike Cammalleri

STAT OF THE GAME

A healthy scratch, Iginla saw his consecutive games played streak snapped at 441 games.

LINEUP NOTES

Captain Jarome Iginla and defensemen Derek Smith and Anton Babchuk were scratched against the Avalanche on Wednesday. Paul Byron remains on the injured reserve list with a broken wrist.

COMING UP

The Flames wrap up the month of March at home when welcoming the Columbus Blue Jackets to Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (7:30 p.m. MT, SNET-W).

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