Avalanche Suffers Third Period Meltdown; Loses to Flames
(Denver, Colorado) – The on again off again Colorado Avalanche was off tonight at the Pepsi Center, after an epic collapse in the third period in which they yielded three unanswered goals en route to a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Flames.
The Avalanche, coming off an impressive 5-0 victory over the Dallas Stars in their last game, came out tonight with some spark when Brendon Yip put them up 1-0 with a power play goal less than 5 minutes into the game. Colorado took this slim lead into the second period – but just 36 seconds in the Flames tied the score on Curtis Glencross power play tally. In spite of the quick goal the Avs didn’t become unglued – at least not yet – as they played strongly during the remainder of the period but was foiled by the strong goaltending of Miikka Kiprusoff who made 13 saves
The young Avalanche team’s persistence finally put them back in front 1:25 into the third stanza when Chris Stewart scored on the power play to give them a 2-1 lead. And this is where the wheels began to fall apart for Avs, as Calgary slowly captured the momentum — scoring two goals in less than seven minutes and bottling up the Avs offense with some solid checking. Glencross iced the game with an empty net goal at 19:34 to help the Flames snap a four-game losing streak.
Overall, the Avs received only adequate goaltending from Peter Budja who made 21 saves; while Kiprusoff stood out with 29 saves for the Flames.
The third period meltdown was facilitated by some relentless forechecking by the Flames who played the second half of the period as if it were a life and death game. They played a hungry and desperate game in tying up the Avs and out hitting them tonight. The Flames aggressive play throughout the game led to seven power plays for the Avs who were able to convert on two of those opportunities.
Colorado will now venture into the Central Division to play two road games starting with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday and the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
Game Notes: The Flames’ David Moss led all scorers with a goal and an assist to capture star of the game honors. With his goal for the Avs tonight…Chris Steward recorded the 100th point of his career. As Avalanche’s defenseman Adam Foote remains on the injured reserve list along with David Jones and Peter Mueller, injuries continue to mount for Colorado with forward David Van der Gulik suffering a torn ACL in his left knee and forward T.J. Galiardi breaking his writ – all in the second period.
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