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GAME: Calgary Flames (1-2-0) at Colorado Avalanche (1-1-0).

TIME: Monday, 9:00 p.m. EDT.

The Colorado Avalanche will celebrate their 10th anniversary in their home opener when they face the Calgary Flames.

Colorado, which will commemorate its 10th season with a special presentation before the game, has split a pair of road games to open the 2005-06 campaign.

In 10 years in Denver since moving from Quebec, the Avalanche have been one of the league's most successful franchises, winning Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001 and reaching the conference finals six times.

Marek Svatos scored on a power-play goal with 1:57 left in regulation, lifting Colorado to a 3-2 victory at Dallas on Saturday.

The Avalanche earned a seven-minute power play after Dan Hinote checked Dallas' Jason Arnott into the boards and Arnott reacted wildly, drawing a minor for instigating, a fighting major and a game misconduct.

"I made the hit, turned around and it was chaos," Hinote said. "I still don't know what happened."

The goal made a winner out of rookie Peter Budaj, who made 16 saves in his NHL debut. The 23-year-old Slovakian was given an early opportunity after starter David Aebischer was the loser in a season-opening 4-3 defeat at Edmonton on Wednesday.

"Obviously, this is something I was dreaming about as a kid," Budaj said.

Calgary is searching for a split of a season-opening four-game road trip. The Flames were outshot 22-4 in the first period in a 6-3 loss at Detroit on Sunday.

"We weren't as ready as we should be," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla. "If we take 'em, we've got to kill penalties. They had pretty much the whole first period in power plays and they earned that."

The Flames continued their poor penalty killing, allowing three power-play goals in the first period and five for the game. Calgary has killed off only 57 percent (8 for 14) of opponents' power plays to rank last in the NHL.

Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who played brilliantly during Calgary's surprising run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003-04, was replaced by Philippe Sauve to begin the third period Sunday after stopping 31 of 36 shots.

Kiprusoff has surrendered 11 goals in less than three full games this season.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 8): Flames - 2 points, 2 PB, 4th place (tied), Northwest Division. Avalanche - 2 points, 2 PB, 4th place (tied), Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Daymond Langkow, 2 goals; Tony Amonte, 3 assists; Langkow, Amonte and Roman Hamrlik, 3 points; Dion Phaneuf, 6 PIM. Avalanche - Six tied with 1 goal; Pierre Turgeon, 2 assists; three tied with 3 points; Ian Laperriere, 19 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 8): Flames - Power play: 6.3 percent (1 for 16), 29th in NHL. Penalty killing: 62.5 percent (5 for 8), 30th. Avalanche - Power play: 15.4 percent (2 for 13), 19th. Penalty killing: 88.2 percent (11 for 12), 6th (tied).

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Kiprusoff (1-2-0, 0 SO, 4.15 GAA); Sauve (0-0-0, 0, 3.00). Avalanche - Aebischer (0-1-0, 0, 4.09); Budaj (1-0-0, 0, 2.00).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2-1.

LAST MEETING: March 7, 2004; Flames, 7-1. At Denver, Kiprusoff made 21 saves and Iginla scored shorthanded as the Flames tallied three times in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 1-2-0 on the road; Avalanche - 0-0-0 at home.

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