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Avalanche 2, Flames 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 2, Flames 0
Calgary Flames 0, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche snapped a four-game losing streak with a crucial 2-0 win over Calgary on Monday night behind Jordan Leopold's first goal in 2 1/2 months and Jose Theodore's third shutout of the season.

The skid had sent the Avs from first place in the Northwest Division to clinging onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. With the win, Colorado moved into a tie for seventh with Vancouver, four points ahead of Nashville in ninth place.

The Avs were hoping for a boost from the home crowd at the Pepsi Center, where they're 24-12-2, and they got it, improving to 10-3-0 against divisional opponents on home ice.

Theodore had 23 saves, including one on the power play in the final minute.

Colorado, which has won six of its past seven home games, went ahead 1-0 on Leopold's fourth goal of the season, on the power play at 6:36.

Leopold scored from the slot after the puck had been passed six times, the last by Peter Forsberg, who returned to action after sitting out a game with a pulled groin. It was Leopold's first goal since Jan. 5 against the New York Islanders, a span of 28 games.

Peter Forsberg was back in the lineup for the Avalanche on Monday and recorded an assist on Jordan Leopold's goal. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Wojtek Wolski had the pass to Forsberg, and his assist gave him 100 career points.

With 7:41 left in the third period, the Avs got an insurance goal when Milan Hejduk scored on an assist by Paul Stastny and Ryan Smyth, who collected his 600th career point.

Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 22 of 24 shots, but he was replaced by Curtis Joseph after allowing Hejduk's 24th goal of the season.

The Flames pulled their goalie with a minute remaining, and had a power play when Kurt Sauer was whistled for hooking. But they were unable to score.

This was the 26th career shutout for Theodore (24-21-2), whose goals-against average of just less than 2.20 since January is third-best in the NHL.

The Avalanche won five of the eight games between the teams this season but only won 10-9 on points.

Notes: Avs captain Joe Sakic's game-worn gloves from Saturday night's game in Edmonton, where he became the 11th player in league history to record 1,000 career assists, are headed to the Hall of Fame. ... The Flames were 0-for-5 on the power play with just four shots.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:36
COL
PPG - Jordan Leopold (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Forsberg (3), Wojtek Wolski (27)
1 - 0 COL
3rd Period
12:19
COL
Milan Hejduk (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (43), Ryan Smyth (22)
2 - 0 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:25
COL
Ian Laperriere  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
13:11
CGY
Kristian Huselius  Tripping against  Milan Hejduk
18:46
COL
Peter Forsberg  Slashing against  Jim Vandermeer
2nd Period
04:42
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Interference against  Cody McLeod
08:23
CGY
Owen Nolan  Interference against  John-Michael Liles
13:03
COL
Jeff Finger  Roughing against  Jarome Iginla
13:03
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Jeff Finger
13:03
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Jeff Finger
14:31
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Interference against  Paul Stastny
16:47
COL
Ryan Smyth  Holding against  Owen Nolan
3rd Period
00:35
COL
Ryan Smyth  Hi-sticking against  Dion Phaneuf
19:04
COL
Kurt Sauer  Hooking against  Jarome Iginla
goalie stats
Curtis Joseph
Curtis Joseph
SA: 2TOI: 6:45
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 23TOI: 51:57
Saves: 21EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1
José Théodore
SA: 23TOI: 59:57
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
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