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Flames hold off Avs

Jan 1, 2011 - 5:14 AM
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Tim Jackman and Tom Kostopoulos each tallied a goal and an assist as Calgary fended off a late Colorado rally to win, 3-2, at the Saddledome.

Jarome Iginla added a goal for the Flames, who have won three straight for the first time since Oct. 22-26. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 19-of-21 shots in the win.

"It's another great game and a great win for us," Iginla said.

Daniel Winnik and Tomas Fleischmann scored for the Avalanche, who have dropped four of their last five games. Craig Anderson made 20 saves in the loss.

"It's a game about mistakes and we made more in the second period than we should have," Fleischmann said. "They capitalized on them."

Calgary scored three second period goals, before Colorado rallied in the third to make it a one goal game.

Kostopoulos scored first for Calgary just under six minutes into the period. The play was set up when Mark Giordano sent a laser pass to Tim Jackman at the right circle. His shot was blocked, but Kostopoulos was there to clean up the rebound and send it into the back of the net.

Only 43 second later, the Flames got a two-goal edge when Tanguay dropped the puck off to Iginla on a 3-on-2 break. The captain then buried a low wrister past.

Jackman rounded out the scoring with 6:37 left in the second.

The Aves got on the board 7:45 into the final frame with Winnik's short handed goal. Ryan O'Reilly started the play by chipping a defensive zone face off win up to a streaking Winnik, who finished the play by sweeping the puck under Kiprusoff.

Colorado cut it to one with 2:32 left to play when Matt Duchene threw the puck toward the net. It defected off the crowd of players and Fleischmann picked up the loose puck to backhand it into the open goal.

However, Calgary was able to hold onto the lead by fighting off a empty net 6- on-5 advantage during the final minute and a half of play.

Game Notes

The Flames have won five the of the last six at home...Neither teams scored on the power play. Calgary had four advantages, while Colorado had two.