The Calgary Flames avoided their fourth-straight loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night, as they were able to walk away from the Pengrowth Saddledome with a 4-1 victory.
Veteran forward Owen Nolan, who scored his first goal of the season November 8th, scored twice in the matchup giving him four goals as of late.
Jarome Iginla scored his twelfth of the season, and David Moss netted his first to help the Flames to a much-needed win over the Colorado Avalanche.
Marek Svatos was the lone goal scorer for the Avalanche.
The momentum seemed to be in Colorado’s hands when the teams came out of the dressing room for the first period, as the Flames took two straight penalties right off the bat. However, the Avalanche came up short on the power play against a Flames team that sits next-to-last on the penalty kill in league rankings.
Calgary's Eric Goddard and recent Colorado call-up Cody McCormick that got things going during the first as they dropped the gloves after a face off in the neutral zone. Eric Goddard came out victorious in the bout, but it was a great effort by McCormick, who showed Colorado head coach Joel Quenneville he wants to be a full-time Av.
McCormick also displayed his physical presence in other ways, as he seemed to do the impossible and land a big hit on the 6' 3" defenseman Dion Phaneuf.
Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic was kept off the score sheet on Wednesday night, but there was not a doubt in anyone’s mind that he is still one of the greatest players in the league today. If it wasn’t for him catching up to Matthew Lombardi on two separate occasions when Lombardi was let in all alone against Theodore, the Flames may have been able to tally up the score a little more.
Sakic now sits fourth on the NHL All-Star voting list among the Western Conference forwards, and hopes to get on the top line during the 2008 contest game in Atlanta.
During the second period, Anders Eriksson sent Ryan Smyth face-first into the boards. Smyth had to leave the game, but returned in the third with a swollen nose added to the marks on his face.
Miikka Kiprusoff again came up huge for the Flames as he started his 21st game for the home squad. He has started every game this season, and this is is the fourth game this season he has let in one goal or less.
The Flames next game will be at home on Thursday night, as they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to town, but they will see the Avalanche again on Saturday when they make the trek to the mile-high city.
The Avalanche next head into Rexall Place to take on the Edmonton Oilers, where they hope to finish off their four game road trip with at least one win.
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