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Smyth, Hejduk score 300th goals as Avalanche cool off Flames

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DENVER - Ryan Smyth and Milan Hejduk scored their 300th career goals in the Colorado Avalanche's 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night, becoming just the second set of players in NHL history to reach the milestone in the same game.

Marek Svatos, Chris Stewart, Ruslan Salei and Cody McLeod also scored to help the Avalanche beat Northwest-leading Calgary for the first time in five games this season.

Michael Cammalleri and Rene Bourque scored for the fatigued Flames, coming off a Saturday night home loss to Phoenix. It's the first time the team has dropped two straight in regulation since early November.

Peter Budaj stopped 38 shots to snap a personal four-game skid.

Smyth had a short-handed goal in the second period, followed by Hejduk's power-play goal 4:44 later.

The boisterous crowd gave each player a rousing ovation for their feat.

Smyth also added two assists, and Hejduk had one.

Danny Gare and Ivan Boldirev of the Detroit Red Wings are the only other duo to reach the milestone in the same game, each scoring No. 300 on Feb. 26, 1983, against the New York Islanders.

Hejduk also became just the fourth player in franchise history to reach 300 goals, joining Joe Sakic (625), Michel Goulet (456) and Peter Stastny (380). Hejduk has spent his entire career with Colorado.

Smyth has scored 30 of his goals with Colorado, five with the New York Islanders and 265 while a member of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Avalanche bottled up Jarome Iginla, limiting the lethal scorer to just an assist, hid 33rd of the season.

Iginla has 61 points in 70 career games against Colorado, the most of any NHL player versus the Avalanche since they moved from Quebec.

The Flames gave regular goalie Miikka Kiprusoff the night off, starting Curtis McElhinney in his place. The backup was kept busy, stopping 32 shots.

Colorado struggled to sneak anything past McElhinney in the opening 15 minutes of the first period, but finally solved him, scoring twice in a span of 1:55.

Svatos scored a power-play goal as he banked in a shot off McElhinney's left skate. Stewart soon followed with his fifth goal of the season, taking advantage of a Calgary miscue at centre ice. Stewart grabbed the puck and barrelled in on a breakaway, fending off a charging Adam Pardy before beating McElhinney with a low liner.

The Avalanche had 20 shots in the period, tying a season high. The last time they had that many was Oct. 9 against Boston.

Colorado placed Ian Laperriere on the injured reserve Sunday with a balky back. The gritty forward joins Sakic (back and hand), Paul Stastny (broken forearm), Adam Foote (triceps), Philippe Dupuis (foot) and Cody McCormick (foot) on the sideline.

Foote has started skating again, and could be back sometime after the all-star break.

To take Laperriere's place on the roster, the team recalled forward Chris Durno from the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League. Durno played in his first NHL game Sunday night.

Notes: Avalanche F David Jones missed his third straight game because of a back injury. ... Flames RW Todd Bertuzzi was held out for a fifth game with a hip flexor injury. ... Colorado rebounded with a win after dropping the opener of an eight-game home stand. ... The Avalanche are 16-0-0 this season when leading after two periods. ... Iginla has gone eight games without a goal.

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