IGINLA STILL AT 599
Flames dominate Avs, win 4-0
The pucks didn’t go in for Jarome Iginla, and the bounces went against his teammates Saturday night.
Near the halfway point at the Pepsi Center, the Calgary Flames had the Avalanche buried in a four-goal hole, and perhaps the only element keeping the sellout crowd interested— besides some creative camera work on the big screen— was Iginla’s quest to become the 19th player to reach 600 career goals.
It didn’t happen inCalgary’s 4-0 triumph, and Iginla remains stuck on 599 after three goalless games. It was just a bad night overall for the men in burgundy and blue, who fell to 6-9-3 at home.
The Flames — who entered 5- 11-2 on the road— led 1-0 after the first period and 4-0 after two. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton opened the scoring with a wrist shot, and two deflections off shots from the point put the visitors in command in the second.
It only got worse. Goalie Semyon Varlamov was pulled after Mikael Backlund scored on his own rebound at 13:07 of the second. Calvin Pickard finished in net for the Avs, who are on a fourgame winless skid (0-2-2) in Denver.
In the third period, the Avs had three shots clang off iron beside goalie Karri Ramo, who had a relatively easy night. Most his saves were in his glove or chest.
Colorado’s comeback effortwas slowed by four third-period penalties, including a double-minor for high-sticking on Nathan MacKinnon.
Center John Mitchell took three penalties for theAvs andwas banished to the fourth line in the third period.
The Avs return to action Monday against the visiting Los Angeles Kings and continue their homestand Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues.
Calgary’s Josh Jooris and Colorado teammatesMikhail Grigorenko, left, and Brandon Gormley swarm to the puck during Saturday night’s game at the Pepsi Center. Doug Pensinger, Getty Images