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Avalanche 3, Flames 2, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 3, Flames 2, OT
Colorado Avalanche 3, Calgary Flames 2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Credit this Avalanche win to Jose Theodore.

Ryan Smyth scored 23 seconds into overtime and Theodore made 39 saves to give Colorado a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Marek Svatos tied it at 2 with 4:15 left in regulation. Joe Sakic set up the winner and also scored for Colorado to reach the 1,600-point mark.

With the win, Colorado coach Joel Quenneville now has 400 career NHL victories.

"Well, we are very fortunate," Quenneville said. "It was one of those games where we were on our heels.

"It was a game we certainly didn't deserve to win but sometimes you get goaltending wins."

Alex Tanguay and Matthew Lombardi scored for Calgary, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 19 saves.

The Avalanche opened the scoring when Sakic converted a feed from Wojtek Wolski at 7:27 of the first period. A short time later, Tanguay got behind the Avalanche defense, but was thwarted by Theodore on a breakaway attempt.

"We feel very fortunate to get the two points and that's what great goaltending will do for you," Sakic said. "All the credit goes to Theo for keeping us in there and giving us a chance."

Tanguay scored on his next try, taking a pass from Daymond Langkow and snapping a quick shot to the top corner.

The Flames took a 2-1 lead in the second on Lombardi's goal. He stripped took the puck from Avs defenseman Jeff Finger before snapping a quick shot past Theodore.

Early in the third, the Flames had a great opportunity to pull ahead on an extended two-man advantage. Tanguay appeared to score his second of the game, with his shot squeaking through Theodore's pads and just across the goal line, but referee Michael McGeough immediately blew the whistle to signify he lost sight of the puck.

"I hope he'll admit his mistake because it was definitely a mistake," Tanguay said. "I made the pass to Langkow and he touched the puck.

"The puck, you can clearly see it on the replay, it never stopped moving, so there's no reason why the whistle should have been blown or at least why he didn't review it."

Just as a high-sticking penalty to Tanguay was about to expire, the Avs tied it when Svatos backhanded a rebound past Kiprusoff.

Notes: Sakic has 100 points against the Flames, 40 goals and 60 assists. ... Colorado coach Joel Quenneville reached 400 NHL victories. ... Avalanche defenseman Jordan Leopold will be sidelined for about two months by wrist surgery.

scoring summary
1st Period
Joe Sakic (5) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (5), Andrew Brunette (8)
1 - 0 COL
Alex Tanguay (3) ASST: Daymond Langkow (7), Adrian Aucoin (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Matthew Lombardi (4) ASST: David Moss (3), David Hale (1)
2 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
Marek Svatos (4) ASST: Brett Clark (2), Kyle Cumiskey (1)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
Ryan Smyth (4) ASST: Joe Sakic (6), Brett Clark (3)
3 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Adrian Aucoin  Hooking against  Tyler Arnason
David Hale  Tripping against  Ben Guite
Ryan Smyth  Hooking against  Adrian Aucoin
Ben Guite  Hooking against  Dion Phaneuf
3rd Period
Alex Tanguay  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
Brett Clark  Interference on goalkeeper against  Miikka Kiprusoff
Kurt Sauer  Hooking against  Daymond Langkow
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  David Moss
Alex Tanguay  Hi-sticking against  Brett Clark
OT Period
goalie stats
José Théodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 41TOI: 60:14
Saves: 39EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .951SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 22TOI: 60:21
Saves: 19EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
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