Flames overpower Avalanche
The Calgary Flames unleashed the full fury of their power play on Tuesday night.
The Flames scored three power-play goals and came within a second of a fourth in a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in front of 19,289 fans at the Pengrowth Saddledome on Tuesday.
Not bad for a power-play unit ranked 26th in the 30-team NHL.
"It was a good night on the power play," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who had one goal and one assist.
"We were moving it better and creating more time and space for everybody. We knew this was a huge game for us."
Dion Phaneuf and Alex Tanguay also counted a goal and an assist apiece for the Flames (11-10-2), now unbeaten in six straight on home ice.
Matthew Lombardi and Roman Hamrlik rounded out Calgary's scoring.
"We have lost a lot of games since the start of the year because of our special units," Tanguay said. "Our penalty kill was allowing too many goals and we weren't scoring enough on the power play. Tonight was just a big game from our special units."
Daymond Langkow and Chuck Kobasew contributed three and two assists, respectively.
Miikka Kiprusoff backstopped a tidy defensive effort with 23 saves.
"Tonight, we got back to doing those little things, like getting pucks through, having guys in front, picking up rebounds and taking pucks to the net," Lombardi said.
Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, while fellow rookie Wojtek Wolski had the other goal for the Avalanche (11-11-2).
"We didn't come out as hard as we wanted to and we took some penalties that came back to haunt us," Stastny said. "It's tough to come back when you're down 4-0."
Jose Theodore was tested 37 times as Calgary outshot the Avalanche in every period and pulled even with them in the Northwest Division.
"When you are playing within your division, that's four points that we just lost," Stastny said. "Now we have to forget about that and look forward to Edmonton."
Iginla ignites Flames
Calgary opened the scoring on Iginla's team-high 12th goal of the season 14:51 into the contest.
With Marek Svatos serving a double-minor penalty for high-sticking, Iginla deflected Phaneuf's point shot past Theodore for a 1-0 lead.
The Flames later capitalized on coincidental minor penalties to Stastny and Brett Clark, scoring twice in 85 seconds early in the second period.
First, Phaneuf blasted a slapshot by Theodore during a two-man advantage for his fifth at 3:15 of the second period.
Then, Lombardi knocked in Kobasew's rebound from the side of the net for his eighth at the 4:40 mark.
"They got the momentum on the power-play, when they scored those two goals in less than two minutes there, and that is really hard," Wolski said.
Hamrlik made it 4-0 with 4:29 left in the period, threading a rising wrist shot through heavy traffic for his second.
Skating 5-on-3, Stastny put Colorado on the board 59 seconds into the third period by whisking in a loose puck for his sixth.
But Tanguay tallied his fifth on a quick shot from the slot to restore Calgary's four-goal lead at 4:07 before Wolski replied with his seventh and 4:34 remaining.
"We're fortunate enough we played well tonight," Tanguay said. "We needed those points desperately."
With files from the Canadian Press