Wyatt Smith's Post-Game Comments
Notes and Quotes
DENVER (AP) -Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 19 shots and Matthew Lombardi had a goal and an assist to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
Daymond Langkow, Adrian Aucoin, Stephane Yelle and Craig Conroy also scored for Calgary, which has split its last four games. Jarome Iginla and Cory Sarich each had two assists.
Joe Sakic and Brad Richardson scored for Colorado, which managed only 21 shots in losing for the fifth time in six games. The loss denied Colorado its 500th regular-season victory since moving to Denver for the 1995-96 season, and left coach Joel Quenneville one shy of his 100th win with the Avalanche.
Calgary outshot Colorado 12-4 and outplayed the Avalanche in the first period in building a 2-0 lead.
Langkow put the Flames ahead 1-0 with a backhander past Jose Theodore after teaming with Iginla on a give-and-go play at 8:04 of the first period. Kiprusoff stopped a two-shot flurry in Calgary's end to set up an off-man rush.
Sarich found then Lombardi in front of the Colorado net and Lombardi tapped the puck past Theodore at 18:46.
The Flames continued their barrage against Theodore in the second period, outshooting Colorado 15-3 and adding two more goals.
Aucoin sent a one-timer over Theodore's glove at 7:28 with the teams skating four a side. Colorado turned the puck over in its end and Yelle, a former Avalanche player, sent a wrist shot just under the crossbar at 10:24 to make 4-0.
Sakic ruined the shutout bid at 3:17 of the third period with his sixth goal, but Conroy answered for Calgary with his fourth goal at 7:44.
Richardson scored for the Avalanche at 15:21.
Notes: Colorado's season low is 18 shots against Dallas on Nov. 16 ... D Rhett Warrener was held out of the third period for Calgary with a leg injury ... Calgary was 0-for-5 on the power play and is 2-for-31 in its past nine road games ... Sakic's goal was his first goal in 12 games ... The Avalanche were 0-for-4 on the power play after going 0-for-20 on their recent four-game road trip.