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Flames 3, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Flames 3, Avalanche 2
Calgary Flames 3, Colorado Avalanche 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:12
CGY
SHG - Rene Bourque (21) ASST: Matt Stajan (31)
1 - 0 CGY
07:33
CGY
Eric Nystrom (8) ASST: Jamal Mayers (8), Curtis Glencross (18)
2 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
06:55
CGY
PPG - Rene Bourque (22) ASST: Mark Giordano (17), Ian White (23)
3 - 0 CGY
13:44
COL
Chris Durno (4) ASST: Matt Hendricks (6), Darcy Tucker (13)
3 - 1 CGY
3rd Period
19:27
COL
Milan Hejduk (20) ASST: Paul Stastny (53), Chris Stewart (31)
3 - 2 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
01:25
CGY
Ales Kotalik  Boarding against  TJ Galiardi
13:48
CGY
Steve Staios  Roughing against  Chris Durno
13:48
COL
Chris Durno  Roughing against  Steve Staios
13:48
COL
Chris Durno  Interference on goalkeeper against  Vesa Toskala
16:37
COL
Ryan Wilson  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
16:37
CGY
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Wilson
2nd Period
06:33
COL
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Matt Stajan
15:24
COL
TJ Galiardi  Boarding against  Steve Staios
3rd Period
08:11
CGY
Ian White  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:27
COL
Paul Stastny  Slashing against  Niklas Hagman
14:47
CGY
Matt Stajan  Tripping against  Milan Hejduk
goalie stats
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
9-12-3
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 28 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .941SH: 2 - 2
Craig Anderson
SA: 34TOI: 58:27
Saves: 31EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .912SH: 2 - 3
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