Cammalleri lifts Flames over Avalanche, 4-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2014 at 11:39 pm •  Published: January 6, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — The Calgary Flames broke out of their offensive doldrums in a big way.

Jiri Hudler and Joe Colborne had a goal and assist each, and Mike Cammalleri scored a power-play goal at 16:30 of the third period to lift Calgary to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.

Sean Monahan also scored and Karri Ramo stopped 22 shots for the Flames, whose snapped a four-game skid with the offensive outburst.

"It feels very good. It's been a tough little stretch for sure," Cammalleri said. "When things like that happen, it's easy to get negative."

Calgary came into the game having been shutout in three of its last four games. The Flames' only goal since Dec. 23 came in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia.

"We wanted to come in and have fun and be loose a little. We had nothing to lose coming in here," TJ Galiardi said. "We wanted to string something together and this was a good place to start for us."

Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who had won three straight coming into the game.

The Avalanche may have lost more than the game. MacKinnon, who has four goals in the last two games, took a shot to the ankle late in the game and was visibly hurting. Colorado coach Patrick Roy said the rookie was going for an X-ray after the game.

"He got the puck on the ankle at the end of the game," Roy said. "We'll have more details tomorrow."

The game was tied at 3-all when Colorado drew a bench minor for too many men on the ice. With Jamie McGinn in the penalty box, Hudler fed Cammalleri in front of goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for the winner.

Giguere finished with 15 saves.

The Avalanche pulled Giguere for an extra skater with about a minute left but couldn't get a shot on net.

Giguere said the Flames played with more intensity throughout the game.

"They were hungrier," Giguere said. "They got, some would say, lucky bounces, but they created those bounces by going to the net, by creating traffic and that's how you score a goal in this game, in this league. I'm not sure we were willing to do that in front of their net."

Roy saw it differently than his goaltender.

"We may not have had the jump that we should have, but Giggy should have been better," Roy said. "He hasn't played well in the past four or five games and he should stand up and say, 'I'm not playing up to what I should.' He needs to be better and we need to have him playing better. Period."



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