The Flame-outs are becoming exactly that. With tonight's dumping by the cellar-dwelling Ducks, Calgary has lost four straight games. Whereas the Avs sweatted their fiery competitor's two games in hand, now Colorado is accumulating those trump cards.
Flames Head coach Sutter gave his team a tongue-lashing after their 1-0 loss to Nashville Friday. They responded well in the early minutes of the first period and took the lead with Jokinen's backhander. But that's where the effort ended and the discipline disintegrated. Just over a minute-and-a-half later, with Giordano taking a tripping time-out, Sexton redirected a Getzlaf shot past McElhinney.
Two more unanswered goals later the Ducks lead 3-1 until Lundmark managed to blast one past Hiller in the waning seconds of the first.
An energized Calgary club came back in the second determined to win this one any way they could. Eight shots and two goals later, The flames rode a 4-3 lead into the third period.
But the story has a happy ending, Avs fans! The Ducks came out energized in the third. Cory Perry and Bobby Ryan added tallies to the Anaheim side of the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, the Flames appeared to take a page from Colorado's playbook and tried to coast with their lead through the final period. In spite of a flurry of late, desperation shots, Hiller stood solid.
Thanks, Anaheim! The Avalanche reign in the NW Division with a game in hand over Calgary.
And especially, thanks to Anderson and the Avs for putting away the former Rockies (the previous incarnation of the NJ Devils) Saturday night!