|CGY||2||1||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|COL||0||1||1||(0 - 0)||2|
DENVER (AP) - Rene Bourque scored two goals, Vesa Toskala made 32 saves and the Calgary Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Wednesday night to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race.
Eric Nystrom also scored for the Flames, who are in ninth place with 79 points, one point behind idle Detroit for the final postseason spot with 12 games left.
Chris Durno and Milan Hejduk scored and Craig Anderson had 31 saves for Colorado, which had won three straight. The Avalanche missed an opportunity to pull within a point of idle Vancouver in the Northwest Division and currently sits fifth in the conference with 12 games remaining.
Colorado had won six in a row against Calgary dating back to last season, but the Flames quickly took control of Wednesday's game. Bourque got them rolling when he scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway 3:12 into the first period, and Nystrom made it 2-0 4:21 later with a shot from the low slot.
Bourque made it 3-0 with his 22nd goal early in the second period.
Toskala, acquired from Anaheim on March 3, kept the Avalanche off the board until late in the second period. He stopped Durno on a breakaway with 7:34 left in the second, but the Avalanche forward got revenge more than a minute later.
Matt Hendricks skated around the back of the net and fired a shot from the left circle that went off Toskala's shoulder. The puck was loose in the crease before Durno tipped it inside the post with 6:16 left in the middle frame.
The goal was reviewed but held up.
With Anderson pulled for an extra attacker, Hejduk scored his 20th goal of the season with 33 seconds left.
NOTES: Calgary's last win over Colorado was a 1-0 victory in Denver on Nov. 20, 2008. ... Bourque has four short-handed goals this year. ... Avalanche C Peter Mueller had his eight-game point streak snapped. He had four goals and seven assists in seven games since his trade to Colorado on March 3 and had recorded an assist in his final game with the Coyotes prior to the trade. ... Avalanche D Ryan Wilson left the game in the first period with a head injury. He did not return. ... Hejduk now has at least 20 goals in 10 straight seasons.
|SHG - Rene Bourque (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (31)|
1 - 0 CGY
|Eric Nystrom (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Jamal Mayers (8), Curtis Glencross (18)|
2 - 0 CGY
|PPG - Rene Bourque (22) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Giordano (17), Ian White (23)|
3 - 0 CGY
|Chris Durno (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Hendricks (6), Darcy Tucker (13)|
3 - 1 CGY
|Milan Hejduk (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Stastny (53), Chris Stewart (31)|
3 - 2 CGY
|Ales Kotalik Boarding against TJ Galiardi|
|Steve Staios Roughing against Chris Durno|
|Chris Durno Roughing against Steve Staios|
|Chris Durno Interference on goalkeeper against Vesa Toskala|
|Ryan Wilson Fighting (maj) against Jamal Mayers|
|Jamal Mayers Fighting (maj) against Ryan Wilson|
|Paul Stastny Hooking against Matt Stajan|
|TJ Galiardi Boarding against Steve Staios|
|Ian White Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Paul Stastny Slashing against Niklas Hagman|
|Matt Stajan Tripping against Milan Hejduk|
|SA: 34||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 32||EV: 28 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .941||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 34||TOI: 58:27|
|Saves: 31||EV: 23 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .912||SH: 2 - 3|