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GAME: Colorado Avalanche (43-28-8) at Calgary Flames (45-24-10).
TIME: Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT.
The Calgary Flames look to clinch their first division title in 11 years when they host a Colorado Avalanche team that will be making its 11th straight appearance in the postseason.
Calgary, 6-0-2 in its last eight games, needs one point in its final three contests to win the Northwest Division crown. The Flames haven't taken a division title since winning the Pacific in 1994-95.
Colorado, meanwhile, earned a spot in the playoffs when Vancouver lost 5-4 in overtime to San Jose on Wednesday. The win also put the Sharks in the postseason.
Calgary reached 100 points for the first time since 1990-91 with a 3-0 win over Anaheim on Tuesday.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves for his league-leading ninth shutout and Daymond Langkow scored a record goal and added two assists for the Flames, who also got a pair of assists from captain Jarome Iginla.
"Kipper, he's played like that all year," Iginla said. "He's been amazing."
Langkow's goal came five seconds into the third, the fastest goal in team history at the start of a period and just one second off the NHL record set by Montreal's Claude Provost in 1957 and Chicago's Denis Savard in 1986.
Colorado has alternated wins and losses in its last 12 contests and hasn't won back-to-back games since a three-game run from March 7-12.
In a 6-4 victory over Phoenix on Tuesday, goaltender Jose Theodore won his first game with the Avalanche and Alex Tanguay had a goal and an assist in his return to lead a Colorado offense that totaled 34 shots and went 3-for-9 on the power play.
Theodore, acquired from Montreal for goaltender David Aebischer on March 8, was recovering from a fractured right heel suffered during the Olympic break and didn't see his first action until he relieved Peter Budaj in a 5-2 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
The former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner made 21 saves against the Coyotes, but did allow three third-period goals in a span of 6:21.
"He got some deflections that were unfortunate, but tonight, the way he moved on the 5-on-3 was a great illustration of what he is capable of and he kept us in the game," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said.
Tanguay played for the first time since spraining his right knee on March 19.
Avalanche captain Joe Sakic had his point streak snapped at 13 games, a run that began with a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over the Flames on March 12. He has six goals and four assists in seven games against Calgary this season.
STANDINGS: Avalanche - 94 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Northwest Division. Flames - 100 points, 1st place, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Avalanche - Sakic, 31 goals, 54 assists and 85 points; Ian Laperriere, 114 PIM. Flames - Iginla, 34 goals and 65 points; Langkow, 34 assists; Darren McCarty, 115 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Avalanche - Power play: 19.4 percent (89 for 458), 6th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.0 percent (363 for 432), 7th. Flames - Power play: 18.7 percent (86 for 461), 9th. Penalty killing: 84.0 percent (405 for 482), 8th.
GOALTENDERS: Avalanche - Budaj (14-10-6, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA); Theodore (18-16-5, 3.47). Flames - Kiprusoff (41-20-10, 9, 2.12); Brian Boucher (4-7-0, 4.16).
SEASON SERIES: Flames, 4-3.
LAST MEETING: March 31; Flames, 6-3. At Calgary, Alberta, Chris Simon, Shean Donovan and Matthew Lombardi each had a goal and an assist, and Kiprusoff made 23 saves. Sakic scored twice for Colorado.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Avalanche - 18-18-2 on the road; Flames - 29-7-4 at home.
|Apr 13 '06||COL 0 at CGY 2||D. Phaneuf|
|Mar 31 '06||COL 3 at CGY 6||D. Langkow|
|Mar 13 '06||COL 3 at CGY 4||C. Kobasew|
|Mar 12 '06||CGY 0 at COL 3||A. Tanguay|
|Jan 24 '06||CGY 4 at COL 7||A. Laaksonen|
|Nov 21 '05||CGY 3 at COL 2 - SO||T. Amonte|
|Nov 12 '05||COL 3 at CGY 5||C. Kobasew|
|Oct 10 '05||CGY 3 at COL 7||M. Svatos|