Colorado at Calgary

Rejuvenated Bertuzzi scores two, helps lead Flames past Avalanche


CALGARY, Alberta -- Todd Bertuzzi is winning over fans in Calgary.

A controversial signing last July, Bertuzzi has turned jeers to cheers early this season by finding the net often. He scored twice Tuesday night to lead the Flames over the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 for their first victory of the season.

"Todd played an excellent game for us, the whole line had jump and you could see that he's recapturing the form that we've seen in the past and that's exciting for our team and our fans," Flames coach Mike Keenan said.

Jarome Iginla scored a short-handed goal at 7:23 of the third period that gave the Flames a 4-3 lead over the winless Avalanche.

"You have to give credit to our captain," said Bertuzzi, who has three goals in three games. "He stepped up and fought their tough guy (Cody McCormick), did awesome against him, got a goal and an assist, and turned the game around. That's what leadership is all about and that's why we're moving in the right direction."

Four minutes later, Calgary went ahead by two when Iginla's shot from the right wing was kicked out to Bertuzzi, who slapped the rebound into the open side.

But the Avalanche got within one only 18 seconds later when Ben Guite's 60-foot one-hop wrist shot was muffed by Miikka Kiprusoff.

Colorado wasn't able to score after that, despite a power play. Calgary finally won after opening the season with a pair of losses, one in overtime, to the Vancouver Canucks.

Dustin Boyd and Craig Conroy also scored for the notoriously slow-starting Flames (1-1-1) who are off to their fastest start since 2003-04.

Cody McLeod, John-Michael Liles, and Ryan Smyth also scored for Colorado (0-3-0).

"We can't push the panic button or get discouraged," Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote said. "In our first two games, we clearly outplayed the teams, and tonight it seemed like it was going back and forth and both teams were making mistakes and both teams had the heat on them to get this win and we made the last mistake and they were able to capitalize on it."


  • Iginla got in a fight for the second successive game, this time going with McCormick. He had two fights before collecting his first point.
  • On the day of the federal election in Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and 12-year-old son Ben spent Tuesday morning at the Pengrowth Saddledome watching the Flames practice.
  • Colorado RW Marek Svatos did not play due to an undisclosed injury.
  • Calgary C Matthew Lombardi played in his 300th career NHL game.
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Todd Bertuzzi slides on the ice and celebrates his second goal with Jarome Iginla. (AP)
Todd Bertuzzi slides on the ice and celebrates his second goal with Jarome Iginla. (AP)
Colorado (0-3-0)2114
Calgary  (1-1-1) «3025
Three Stars
T. Bertuzzi

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
R. Smyth

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Iginla

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
03:21Power Play - Dustin Boyd (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lombardi, Bourque
04:17Power Play - Todd Bertuzzi (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cammalleri, Langkow
11:48Cody McLeod (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: McCormick
16:31Craig Conroy (1), Backhand Shot. Assist: Glencross, Phaneuf
19:30Power Play - John-Michael Liles (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stastny, Smyth
09:00Power Play - Ryan Smyth (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Stastny, Sakic
07:23Power Play - Jarome Iginla (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Phaneuf, Cammalleri
11:00Todd Bertuzzi (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Iginla, Langkow
11:18Ben Guite (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Laperriere, Leopold
Penalty Summary
01:46Tucker, 2 min, Hooking
03:21Laperriere, 2 min, Hooking
05:11Regehr, 2 min, High-Sticking
06:35Arnason, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
12:21Moss, 2 min, Interference
18:43Glencross, 2 min, Hooking
20:00McCormick, 5 min, Fighting
20:00Iginla, 5 min, Fighting
02:36Leopold, 2 min, Hooking
07:44Sarich, 2 min, Roughing
09:32Guite, 2 min, Hooking
36.0Regehr, 2 min, Tripping
06:02Foote, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
13:41Phaneuf, 2 min, Interference
19:54Wolski, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Peter Budaj59:13305
Miikka Kiprusoff60:00254
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
Attendance - 19289
Referees - Tom Kowal, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Mike Cvik
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Pitt 3
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