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Game 9: Flames 3, Avalanche 0

With a frustrating loss like this one, doing a recap/review of it seems like a chore.  So I'm not going to write much.  The Avalanche were playing well for two and a half periods, and Peter Budaj was stopping everything he faced until the middle of the third period when the wheels fell off.  Colorado lost to Calgary 3-0.

The Avalanche offense couldn't do jack against Miikka Kiprusoff and the defense started allowing too many Calgary chances down low in the final twelve minutes.  Budaj wasn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but without the goal support from his own forwards, allowing three goals was more than enough to lose the game.  He could have allowed just one goal and still lost. 

At least Dater was somewhat generous:

Budaj was fine through two periods, but allowed another horrible short-side goal to Rene Bourque on Calgary’s second goal, which positively sank any hopes of an Avs point. But he wasn’t the reason they lost tonight.

Don't send Budaj flowers or anything.

There was only one fight, between Cody McLeod and Brandon Prust, and just five total power plays between the two teams.  Neither Colorado nor Calgary scored with the man advantage. 

The Avs' five-game winning streak is now over.  They are now 5-4-0 overall, and have slipped into third place in the Northwest Division, ceding their previous spot to the Flames.

The next game is Thursday night against the Blue Jackets at the Pepsi Center.