Backlund picked up his first point since Oct. 26 when he was able to score the tying marker in the 3rd period. The young centerman skated into the slot as his linemates, Niklas Hagman and David Moss, crashed and banged around the net. When the puck ended up on his stick, he wasted no time in throwing it over Budaj's shoulder and into the back of the net. Backlund now has three goals and five points on the season.
Miikka Kiprusoff was his usual self in the contest, making several clutch saves in the first and second frame when the Avalanche were pressing. In one sequence, Paul Statsny was able to sneak a pass underneath Mark Giordano's stick as Chris Stewart was driving to the net. The young forward snapped a hard shot, point blank, on Kiprusoff but the Finnish netminder robbed him with a save that essentially killed the momentum swing Coloardo had going for them.
After missing all of October with a shoulder injury, David Moss has come out strong in November. He didn't look like he missed any time in his first two games back but wasn't able to produce any points in those contests. On Tuesday, he scored the game-winning tally by parking himself at the side of the net and slapping home Hagman's rebound. He also picked up an assist in the win.
Cory Sarich led the Flames defence corps in hits in Denver. The veteran blueliner laid out 3 Avalanche players, took 2 minors and sent 2 shots at Budaj.
"I think when you're struggling to score, Brent switches things up. We seemed to be reading off each other well tonight and hopefully that continues." - Moss on the newly formed line of himself, Backlund and Hagman (via Sportsnet West)
Friday, Nov. 12 vs. Phoenix 7:00 PM MT (TSN, FAN 960)
The Flames continue on their road trip with a stop in sunny Phoenix. The last time the Flames visted the Coyotes was Jan. 28, 2010 with Calgary falling 3-2 in a shootout.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM MT on TSN & The FAN 960.
Goal for Moss this season.
Hits from the Flames. The Avalanche trailed them with 22.