The Calgary Flames had their lengthy point streak snapped over the weekend but remain in good position in their drive for the postseason.
The Flames will try to rebound from their first regulation defeat in nearly a month by sending the Avalanche to an eighth consecutive loss Monday night at the Pepsi Center.
Calgary (28-22-8) fell in regulation for the first time in 11 games Saturday, 4-2 at Vancouver for its second straight defeat. Curtis Glencross(notes) scored in his fourth straight game to put his team ahead in the second period, but the Canucks answered with three consecutive goals.
“It doesn’t feel good today but we’ve had that consistent game and consistent effort that’s given us a chance to win every night,” captain Jarome Iginla(notes) said. “We had some chances. We hit the post. We had some decent looks. It didn’t go our way tonight, but the effort was there.”
The Flames had charged from 14th to eighth in the Western Conference before dropping a spot Saturday.
“It’s been a pretty good run here and now we just get recharged,” coach Brent Sutter said.
A trip to Denver could help Sutter’s team do that. The Flames have won three in a row at the Pepsi Center, and the Avalanche (25-25-6) are mired in their longest skid since an 0-7-1 stretch from March 15-April 1, 2009.
They’ve been outscored 26-11 over the seven consecutive defeats and fallen from a tie for seventh in the West to 14th.
“We shot the puck well, put three past one of the best goalies in the league,” Duchene said. “It’s tough. We just can’t catch a break. This is one of the most frustrating things I’ve been a part of.”
The loss was Colorado’s second in a row since Forsberg rejoined the club, and it turned out to be his final game. The 37-year-old forward had no points, a minus-4 rating, four penalty minutes and three shots on goal in the two contests, his first NHL action since 2007-08.
His return didn’t last, as Forsberg decided to call it a career Monday.
“I’m really happy that I got the chance with the Avalanche to come back here and try for the last time and put an end to it,” he said. “Knowing for fact, 100 percent sure, that I’m not going to play anymore.
“Maybe I was selfish to come over, but in the back of my mind it feels good now. I feel like I’m ready to retire.”
The Avalanche will look to move on by taking advantage of a Flames club that has given up nine goals in the last two games after allowing 12 in its previous seven.
Colorado, though, has lost four of five to the Flames.
Glencross scored twice during a 4-2 victory in Denver on Nov. 9 and the Flames held on for a 3-2 home win over the Avalanche on Dec. 31. In the first meeting Oct. 28, Daniel Winnik(notes) scored with 2:20 left to give Colorado a 6-5 win in Calgary.