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Three third-period goals push Flames past Avalanche

Nov 19, 2008 - 6:39 AM CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Even a Herculean effort from Peter Budaj could not gain the Colorado Avalanche a victory over their Northwest Division rivals.

Defenseman Adrian Aucoin scored to snap a tie with 7:32 remaining in the third period as the Calgary Flames scored three times in the session en route to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

Rene Bourque and David Moss also scored, captain Jarome Iginla added an empty-net goal and Daymond Langkow notched two assists as Calgary defeated Colorado for the third time this season.

The teams will meet again Thursday in Denver.

"There's been game where we'd fall asleep for five minutes, but I think tonight we played a full 60 minutes," Bourque said. "We talk about winning close games, and we did that tonight."

Marek Svatos staked Colorado to a 1-0 lead just 6:48 into the first period, netting his third of goal of the season. However, the Avalanche were unable to keep the pressure off Budaj for much of the night, allowing the tying goal to Bourque at 6:53 of the second.

The fourth-year goaltender made 13 saves in the opening period, but did his best work in the second and third just to keep the Avalanche afloat.

With a worn down defense in front of him, Budaj was beaten on a slap shot from Aucoin in the slot for the go-ahead goal. The Flames defenseman gloved a failed clearing attempt by Milan Hedjuk and blasted a shot over the left shoulder of Budaj for his third of the season.

"I put it exactly where I wanted to, so I'm happy with that," Aucoin said. "Hats off to our forwards. When they're pressuring like that, as a defenseman when you have forwards coming at you wave after wave, weak plays up the middle are the result."

"When they throw everything at us like that, it's a tough thing to defense," Budaj said. "They're coming at us at 100 miles per hour and they're a big, physical team. Tonight we didn't win the battles on the wall, and the result was they got a lot of shots."

While Budaj was being peppered all night, making 18 saves in the second and 16 in the third, Calgary netminder Miikka Kiprusoff was stellar in the final session, making eight of his 23 saves to hold the lead.

Calgary, which fired a season-high 51 shots on goal in the contest, added a pair of goals in the final 28 seconds to put the game away.

Iginla scored his 11th of the season with an empty-net tally with 28 seconds remaining and Moss beat Budaj for a power-play goal with 10 seconds left.

The Flames broke their previous total for shots in a game, surpassing the 38 they registered against Boston on October 30.

"He (Budaj) played incredible. It was frustrating, but we said we had to keep going and we'd eventually get one by him," Calgary's Craig Conroy said. "When Aucoin scored that was a huge relief. But we didn't deviate from the plan tonight, we just tried to do it right from start to finish."

"He (Budaj) kept us in the game and we still had a chance to win the hockey game at the end," Hejduk said. "The bottom line is we have to play a lot better than this. We spent too much time in the penalty box and didn't play well enough to win."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    COLORADO 1 0 0 1
    CALGARY 0 1 3 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - MAREK SVATOS 3 (T.J. HENSICK, WOJTEK WOLSKI) 6:48
    2ND PRD: CGY - RENE BOURQUE 4 (MIKE CAMMALLERI, DUSTIN BOYD) 6:53
    3RD PRD: CGY - ADRIAN AUCOIN 3 (UNASSISTED) 12:28
    CGY - (EN) JAROME IGINLA 11 (DAYMOND LANGKOW,

    Nov 19 12:05 AM


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    COLORADO 1
    CALGARY 4
    3RD PRD: CGY - (PP) DAVID MOSS 3 (DAYMOND LANGKOW) 19:50

    Avalanche 1, Flames 4  3rd - 0:10Nov 19 12:03 AM


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    COLORADO 1
    CALGARY 3
    3RD PRD: CGY - (EN) JAROME IGINLA 11 (DAYMOND LANGKOW, ADRIAN AUCOIN)
    19:32

    Avalanche 1, Flames 3  3rd - 0:28Nov 19 12:01 AM
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    Avalanche 1, Flames 2  3rd - 1:04Nov 18 11:58 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    CALGARY 2
    3RD PRD: CGY - ADRIAN AUCOIN 3 (UNASSISTED) 12:28

    Avalanche 1, Flames 2  3rd - 7:32Nov 18 11:48 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 0 1
    CALGARY 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - MAREK SVATOS 3 (T.J. HENSICK, WOJTEK WOLSKI) 6:48
    2ND PRD: CGY - RENE BOURQUE 4 (MIKE CAMMALLERI, DUSTIN BOYD) 6:53
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COL 8 7

    Nov 18 11:09 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    CALGARY 1
    2ND PRD: CGY - RENE BOURQUE 4 (MIKE CAMMALLERI, DUSTIN BOYD) 6:53

    Avalanche 1, Flames 1  2nd - 13:07Nov 18 10:42 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLORADO 1 1
    CALGARY 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COL - MAREK SVATOS 3 (T.J. HENSICK, WOJTEK WOLSKI) 6:48
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COL 8 8
    CGY 13 13
    GOALIES: COL - PETER BUDAJ
    CGY -

    Nov 18 10:14 PM


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    COLORADO 1
    CALGARY 0
    1ST PRD: COL - MAREK SVATOS 3 (T.J. HENSICK, WOJTEK WOLSKI) 6:48

    Avalanche 1, Flames 0  1st - 13:12Nov 18 9:52 PM