Flames dom­i­nate Avs, win 4-0

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Cham­bers

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

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