Avs light up Flames
DENVER – Joe Sakic scored two goals in a five-goal second period for Colorado to help the Avalanche stun the Northwest Division-leading Calgary Flames 7-4 on Tuesday night.The two goals pushed Sakic (561) past Guy Lafleur for 18th place all-time NHL goal scoring list. It also ended an 11-game goal-less streak for Sakic, who last scored on Dec. 30 at San Jose.Antti Laaksonen had a short-handed goal as the Avalanche ended a two-game losing streak.Chuck Kobasew had his first career hat trick for the Flames, who maintained their two-point lead in the division over Vancouver.Calgary had won the first four games of a five-game road trip.The Flames outshot the Avalanche 13-6 in the first period and had a 44-second two-man advantage, but could only manage a 1-1 tie. Karlis Skrastins put Colorado ahead 1-0 with his fourth of the year, a slap shot from the slot at 4:14 after receiving a pass from behind the net from Ian Laperriere.Kobasew got the equalizer for the Flames at 9:00 with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that got past Aebischer’s glove.The Avalanche then scored five goals in the second period, two by Sakic, to put the Avalanche ahead 6-2. The Avalanche captain scored a power-play goal 23 seconds into the period, rebounding his own shot past Philippe Sauve, but Kobasew picked off a turnover inside the Colorado zone with the teams skating 4-on-4 and beat David Aebischer with a slap shot from the right circle to tie it at 2 at 4:33.Passes from Marek Svatos to Alex Tanguay in front of the net set up Sakic’s second power-play goal at 7:41. Sakic set up John-Michael Liles’ shot from the left circle at 10:36 to make it 4-2.The scoring surge ended when Laaksonen added a short-handed goal at 13:22 off a breakaway and Svatos put a one-timer in from the slot for 29th goal of the year at 16:31.Calgary made it interesting in the third period. Kobasew completed his hat trick at 3:44 and Steven Reinprecht’s power-play goal at 7:29 made it 6-4. Tanguay converted a pass from Svatos with 7:40 left to complete the scoring.Notes: The two goaltender, Aebischer and Sauve, fought to the side of the Colorado net, with 31 seconds left in the game. … Calgary allowed its first short-handed goal of the year. … The Flames are 2-4-1-0 on the second night of back-to-back games. … D Roman Hamrlik missed his sixth games with a knee injury. … LW Brad May skated Monday but missed a 10th game with a sprained knee. … The win gave Aebischer eight in January and tied him with Patrick Roy for the franchise record for wins in January.
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