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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Avs

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

DENVER, CO -- After Monday night's thumping, the Colorado Avalanche may refer to Feb. 14, 2011 as the The Valentines Day Massacre.

The Calgary Flames ended their short two-game road swing with a decisive 9-1 victory over the Avs. The win marks the highest scoring game the club has had this season and pushes them back into the playoff picture with 66 points.

TAKEAWAY ONE: Red hot Flames

Just 18 seconds into the game, Robyn Regehr let a shot go from the blueline with a crowd in front of the net and David Moss was able to deflect the blast past netminder Peter Budaj. The opening tally was Regehr's seventh helper in seven games and his eighth point in that span.

The rugged blueliner isn't the only Flame leaving Denver with a point streak.

Curtis Glencross has been the hottest Flame of late with goals in his last five straight games. The winger has 19 goals on the season with nine of those coming in his last 10 outings.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla is riding a six-game point streak, notching his ninth point during that duration. His linemate Brendan Morrison also added to his hot streak with his fourth assist in as many games.

TAKEAWAY TWO: Best road period of the season

The Flames knew they needed to come out strong against their divisional rivals but no one could have envisioned the 5-0 slap the visitors hit the Avalanche with ... in the first 20 minutes.

Calgary's take-no-prisoners approach paid off mightly as they played their best road period of the 2010-11 season.

"We were focused from the start," Moss told Sportsnet West. "We needed to come out strong. We were finding each other, making plays and going to net."

The Flames fell two goals short of their best period in franchise history. On Oct. 17, 1988, Calgary beat the LA Kings seven times in the third period.

TAKEAWAY THREE: New name in the record book

Olli Jokinen has been playing his best hockey as a member of the Flames over the last month and Monday's first period trouncing of the Avalanche marked his best frame in the flaming C.

The Finn matched a Flames record for points in a single period with four. He notched three assists and his 12th goal of the season in the opening stanza. Only Gary Suter, Joe Nieuwendyk and Al MacInnis have managed that feat.

The pivot was also extremely lucky late in the frame when Phillipe Dupuis took a run at him. The Colorado forward knee'd Jokinen at the benches as the buzzer went, sending him to ice in a heap. Jokinen was helped to the locker room but was able to come back in the second period.

However, Jokinen did sit out in the third period as a precautionary measure.

Dupuis was dealt a 5:00 major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: Second line heroics

Head coach Brent Sutter is known for his propensity to shuffle lines but it looks like he has found the winning formula for his second line.

Moss, Jokinen and Glencross have been the three hottest players for the club during their recent turnaround and they led the way for the Flames in Colorado with a combined 11 points.

The unit played extremely well in all three zones, had excellent puck management in the offensive zone and read each other perfectly.

With Jokinen out in the third period, Tom Kostopolous was shuffled up to play with Moss and Glencross. The line continued to produce even without the red-hot Finn, notching a combined three points in the final frame.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: Rough ride

Tim Jackman has been rock solid for the Flames all season but the Flames may be without their gritty winger as a result of a nasty spill late in the first period.

While chasing after the puck in the Colorado zone with defenceman Ryan Wilson right on his heels, Jackman slipped into the end boards and fell awkwardly.

Jackman did return in the second period but only played a single shift thanks to the discomfort from that fall. He was officially taken out of the game after 40:00 of play with a lower body injury.

He will be evaluated on Tuesday in Calgary.

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