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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Avalanche

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames may have struggled to score at Scotiabank Saddledome, but they had no problem lighting the lamp in Denver.

The Flames got goals from four different players while 10 skaters recorded at least a point to beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 at Pepsi Center on Monday.

After scoring just once in their past four games in Calgary, Sean Monahan wasted little time getting the Flames on the board.

Just 68 seconds into the game, Monahan’s snap shot was stopped by Jean-Sebastien Giguere, but the Avalanche goalie kicked out a rebound that hit a backchecking Jamie McGinn and ricocheted into the net to give the Flames an early 1-0 lead.

A fellow member of the 2013 NHL Draft class quickly turned that deficit into an Avalanche lead.

Nathan MacKinnon, the top pick in June's draft, beat Flames goaltender Karri Ramo twice -- both on the power play -- in a span of seven minutes to put Colorado up 2-1 before the first period closed.

Joe Colborne managed to erase that lead with his first goal in 17 games at 15:10 of the second period, deflecting TJ Galiardi's shot from the point over the shoulder of Giguere to tie the game 2-2.

Jiri Hudler’s first of 2014 gave Calgary the lead.

After Mark Giordano’s point shot was deflected en route to the net and hit Hudler in the chest, the Flames forward put the loose puck between both his own legs and the legs of Giguere with just 2:22 remaining in the middle frame to give Calgary a 3-2 lead heading into the third.

Midway through the third, Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog kept the puck in the offensive zone and fed Paul Stastny, who made a quick move off the goal line to tuck the puck between Ramo’s legs to tie the contest 3-3.

Mike Cammalleri’s team-leading 13th of the year with just 3:30 remaining in regulation stood up as the winner.

On the power play after Colorado was caught with too many men on the ice, Cammalleri took a no-look backhand pass from Jiri Hudler and lifted it over Giguere’s glove to put Calgary up 4-3, a lead they didn’t relinquish despite a late push from Colorado.


After Giordano’s shot hit Hudler in the chest, the Flames forward put the loose puck between both his legs and the pads of Giguere to put Calgary up 3-2 late in the second period.


After picking his way through the Calgary zone, Matt Duchene uncorked a wrister that Ramo fought off with his shoulder just 6:16 into the first period to temporarily keep the Flames up 1-0.


Cammalleri’s power play marker with 3:30 remaining in the game lifted the Flames to victory and helped snap a four-game losing skid.


Prior to Monday’s victory, the last time the Flames scored four goals in regulation came on Dec. 4 against the Phoenix Coyotes. It had also served as their last win in regulation, too.


Derek Smith and David Jones (eye) were scratched for Monday’s game in Colorado. Kris Russell (MCL sprain), Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain) and Blair Jones (meniscal tear) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames have little time for rest. They’ll visit Phoenix to challenge the Coyotes on Tuesday (8 p.m. MT, SNET-Flames).

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