Colorado at Calgary

Flames win with late flurry; Kiprusoff shuts out Avalanche


CALGARY, Alberta -- Earlier this week, Brandon Prust's first NHL goal powered the Calgary Flames to victory. On Tuesday night, it was Curtis Glencross' turn.

Glencross' first goal with the Flames broke a scoreless tie in the third period and Calgary won its fourth game in a row, 3-0 against the Colorado Avalanche.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves, and Glencross scored 8:22 into the third period. Kiprusoff earned his first shutout of the season -- 27th overall -- and his 150th NHL victory.

Colorado (5-4) saw its five-game winning streak end. The Avalanche hadn't lost since dropping a 5-4 decision to the Flames on Oct. 14 in Calgary.

The go-ahead goal was set up by hard work behind the Colorado net by Craig Conroy and David Moss. Moss ended up with the puck after a battle along the boards and whipped a backhanded pass to Glencross, who one-timed a shot past goalie Peter Budaj.

"It's fun to get that first one. I've had a couple chances this year so far, but haven't had the luck. It's nice to get that one and hopefully they'll come in bunches now," said Glencross, who signed with the Flames as a free agent in the summer.

Calgary coach Mike Keenan said when a role player like Glencross scores a big goal, especially a first goal, the team feeds off it.

"When they are rewarded, you feel good for them, and the team embraces their efforts as well," Keenan said. "It's just like Prust scoring in Phoenix. It really energized the team. It makes them feel great and makes the team very positive about their contribution."

The Flames went right back on the attack and were rewarded with goals from Rene Bourque and Mike Cammalleri.

"We're paying pretty good attention to detail right now," Cammalleri said. "We're making a righteous effort to do the right thing out there and we're holding each other accountable."

Bourque and Cammalleri had two points each.

"We did what we wanted to, we got the puck behind their D-men and forced them, and it finally worked out for us in the third getting two out of our three goals off the cycle," Bourque said.

Bourque's insurance goal came at 12:58. He faked going behind the net, then reached back and tucked the puck inside the near post. Cammalleri finished the scoring by one-timing Bourque's centering pass.

Kiprusoff faced only two shots in the final period.

"Two shots, that's unbelievable in a close game like that," Kiprusoff said. "We got the lead there and we were able to shut them down. Those are huge points for us."

The teams combined for 24 shots in the first period but couldn't solve either goalie.

Colorado came closest to a goal before the third when Ian Laperriere's slap shot from the faceoff dot glanced off the webbing of Kiprusoff's glove before bouncing off the far goalpost.

Joe Sakic had two good chances less than a minute later, but both his initial wrist shot from 20 feet out and his follow-up rebound from close-in were blocked by Kiprusoff.

"They stuck to their game plan, and in the third, it paid off for them," Laperriere said. "They played hard, they played good defensively, and they didn't cheat on the offensive zone to get goals. That third and fourth line took it to us and pretty much beat us."


  • Calgary D Adrian Aucoin entered the night last on the Flames at minus-6. Despite his six goals, Todd Bertuzzi is a minus-5. Flames D Dion Phaneuf leads the team at plus-2.
  • Sakic's 40 goals and 103 points in 84 career games against Calgary are the most he has scored against any NHL team.
  • Calgary C Matthew Lombardi (upper body) missed his second successive game.
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Curtis Glencross, left, celebrates his game-winning goal with Calgary defenseman Adrian Aucoin.  (AP)
Curtis Glencross, left, celebrates his game-winning goal with Calgary defenseman Adrian Aucoin. (AP)
Colorado (5-4-0)0000
Calgary  (5-3-1) «0033
Three Stars
M. Kiprusoff

Saves: 22
Save Pct.: 1.000
R. Bourque

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Glencross

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
08:22Curtis Glencross (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Moss, Conroy
12:58Rene Bourque (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cammalleri, Regehr
15:03Michael Cammalleri (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bourque, Giordano
Penalty Summary
02:01Glencross, 2 min, Interference
07:11Prust, 5 min, Fighting
07:11McLeod, 5 min, Fighting
15:21McLeod, 2 min, Slashing
08.0Bertuzzi, 2 min, Interference
05:45Jones, 2 min, Hooking
18:58Boyd, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
Peter Budaj58:58273
Miikka Kiprusoff60:00220
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
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Referees - Eric Furlatt, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Lyle Seitz
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