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Flames 5, Avalanche 2

Submitted by Sports on March 18, 2011 – 1:49 amNo Comment

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Jarome Iginla scored two goals and the Calgary Flames beat Colorado, 5-2, on Thursday night to send the Avalanche to its 10th straight loss.

Rene Bourque and Alex Kotalik had a goal and an assist each for the Flames, who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back into eighth place in the Western Conference.

Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary, and Jay Bouwmeester had two assists.

Mark Olver and Cody McLeod had goals for the Avalanche, 2-20-2 since Jan. 18. Matt Duchene had two assists.

With Brendan Morrison and David Moss out of the lineup due to injury, the Flames recalled Kotalik from Abbotsford of the AHL on Wednesday. In 18 games with the Heat, Kotalik had four goals and 15 assists.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 27 shots for his 33rd win of the season. Colorado counterpart Peter Budaj made 23 saves.

The Flames scored power-play goals 24 seconds apart early in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.

During Calgary’s two-man advantage, Iginla fired a hard one-timer past Budaj, who had no chance on the play. With the Flames still up a man, Giordano cut into the slot and lost control of the puck before spinning and sliding a shot through Budaj’s legs.

The Avalanche then cut the deficit to one when Olver scored his first NHL goal. Olver took a pass from Matt Duchene, cut in front of the Calgary net and made a quick move to his backhand before firing a shot over Kiprusoff’s left pad.

With just 18.7 seconds left in the opening frame, Bourque fired a perfect shot into the top corner, short side behind Budaj to put the Flames back up by two goals.

Calgary outshot Colorado 10-4 in a scoreless second period.

Kotalik, who had just three goals in 20 games with the Flames before being sent to the minors, tapped in a cross-crease pass from Niklas Hagman to put Calgary up 4-0 at 4:36 of the third.

Iginla converted a feed from Curtis Glencross two minutes later to put the game away. Iginla moved into a tie with Alexander Mogilny and Denis Savard for 49th on the NHL career list with 473 goals.

McLeod then scored during a two-man advantage for the Avalanche with 5.6 seconds left in the game

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