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Flames 9, Avalanche 1

Submitted by Sports on February 15, 2011 – 8:17 amNo Comment

DENVER (AP) – Jarome Iginla scored twice and the Calgary Flames routed the deflated Colorado Avalanche, 9-1, Monday night.

Olli Jokinen and David Moss had a goal and three assists each and Curtis Glencross also scored two goals and added an assist hours after Avalanche star Peter Forsberg announced his retirement from hockey after two games in his latest comeback.

Anton Babchuk, Alex Tanguay and Matt Stajan also scored and Miikka Kiprusoff had 17 saves for the Flames, who had five goals in the first period. Backup goalie Henrik Karlsson played the final 6:36 and made five saves.

Daniel Winnick scored for Colorado, which has lost eight in a row and 10-of-11. The Avalanche also lost center Matt Duchene to a hand injury late in the second period.

This was supposed to be Forsberg’s home debut in his latest NHL comeback but the Avalanche announced Monday morning he was retiring after two games with the club because of his troublesome right foot.

“We can fly to the moon, we should be able to fix the foot,” Forsberg said at a news conference Monday in Denver. “It’s been a problem and not one we’ve be able to solve. But it’s OK now. I’m happy with my career and move on from here.”

The former NHL MVP signed a $1 million prorated deal last week to play the rest of the season for the team he helped win two Stanley Cup titles.

Forsberg played two road games but didn’t record a point in more than 35 minutes of total ice time.

His foot started bothering him again, so the 37-year-old reached the decision Sunday to retire.

“I’m really happy that I got the chance with the Avalanche to come back here and try for the last time and put an end to it,” said Forsberg, who will have his No. 21 sweater retired by the team at some point next season. “Knowing for fact, 100 percent sure, that I’m not going to play anymore.

“When I look back, I’m going to be feeling pretty good about my career.”

Forsberg’s retirement seemed to have a negative effect on his former team, which allowed five goals on the Flames’ first 13 shots and made three goaltender changes. Moss scored 18 seconds in and Babchuk scored at 5:57 to chase Peter Budaj.

Craig Anderson didn’t fare much better, giving up goals to Iginla, Glencross and Jokinen in a span of 5:47.

Budaj was back in net to start the second period and gave up goals to Tanguay, Glencross and Iginla in the third and finished with 13 saves and five goals against.

Anderson gave up a goal in the final 10:44 and finished with 11 saves.

Colorado’s frustration boiled over at the end of the first when Philippe Dupuis kneed Jokinen and was called for a game misconduct. Jokinen lay on the ice before gingerly skating to the locker room.

Jokinen played in the second period but sat out the third with what Calgary said was a lower-body injury. Winger Tim Jackman also left the game with a lower-body injury after the second period.

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