|CGY||0||1||1||(0 - 0)||2|
|COL||0||0||1||(0 - 0)||1|
DENVER (AP) - Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 34 shots, Alex Tanguay had a goal and an assist and the Calgary Flames boosted their postseason chances with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night at Pepsi Center.
Olli Jokinen also scored, and the Flames moved to within one point of the eighth-place Chicago Blackhawks, which lost 2-0 to Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Blackhawks have played two fewer games than the Flames.
Peter Budaj made 34 saves and Milan Hedjuk scored his 21st goal of the season for Colorado, which has won only four times in 29 games.
The game was scoreless after one period, but Calgary grabbed the lead 10:23 into the second on Jokinen's 17th goal. After killing off two power plays, the Flames dumped the puck deep into the Avalanche end. A clearing attempt by Colorado bounced in front of the net to Jokinen, who chipped the puck past Budaj.
Colorado kept the pressure on Calgary, but Kiprusoff came up with big saves. His best stop came 90 seconds after Jokinen's goal when he made a sprawling pad save on David Jones and then smothered the rebound.
Tanguay made it 2-0 with his 21st of the season with 11:47 left in the game. Jarome Iginla's second attempt at a centering pass made it through the crease to Tanguay, who shelved his shot despite heavy defensive pressure from Colorado forward Daniel Winnik.
The Avalanche finally got on the board when Hedjuk buried a John-Michael Liles feed with five minutes left.
Colorado pulled Budaj for an extra attacker with 1:14 remaining but couldn't score the tying goal.
Both teams had great chances in the first period. Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly missed an open net when Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr deflected his shot. Jay McClement hit a post, and Jones was stopped by Kiprusoff when he came in alone.
NOTES: The Avalanche wasn't called for a penalty until 14:51 of the second period. ... Calgary is 24-1-3 when leading after two periods. ... Entering Sunday's game Colorado had lost 425 man games to injury, the most in the organization's history and second in the NHL.
|Olli Jokinen (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (44), Jay Bouwmeester (19)|
1 - 0 CGY
|Alex Tanguay (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (42)|
2 - 0 CGY
|Milan Hejduk (21) Wrist shot - ASST: John-Michael Liles (40), Mark Olver (6)|
2 - 1 CGY
|Jay Bouwmeester Holding against Milan Hejduk|
|Mikael Backlund Slashing against Jonas Holos|
|Jay Bouwmeester Holding against Ryan O'Reilly|
|Matt Duchene Slashing against Olli Jokinen|
|SA: 35||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 34||EV: 30 - 31|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .971||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 36||TOI: 58:30|
|Saves: 34||EV: 32 - 34|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: .944||SH: 1 - 1|