CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—The Calgary Flames cured their ailing power play by focusing on the basics.
Jarome Iginla, Roman Hamrlik, and former Avalanche standout Alex Tanguay also scored for Calgary, which ranked 26th in the league in power-play percentage coming into the game. The Flames went 3-for-5 on the power play and also scored just 1 second after another man advantage expired.
“We were getting away from the things that we do well,” said Matthew Lombardi, who scored one of the power-play goals. “Tonight, we got back to doing those little things like getting pucks through, having guys in front, picking up rebounds, and taking pucks to the net.”
“When you’re playing within your division, that’s four points that we just lost,” Stastny said. “Now we have to forget about that and look forward to Edmonton (Thursday night).”
Miikka Kiprusoff had 23 stops for the Flames.
Iginla’s first-period goal put Calgary in front 1-0 and Stastny and Brett Clark were whistled for minor penalties early in the second to give the Flames a 5-on-3 power play. Phaneuf then beat Theodore with a drive from the blue line at 3:15, making it 2-0.
Lombardi knocked in Chuck Kobasew’s rebound 1:25 later for another power-play tally for the Flames.
“It was a good night on the power play,” Iginla said. “We were moving it better and creating more time and space for everybody. We knew this was a huge game for us.”
Calgary led 4-0 in the third when Stastny scored 59 seconds into the period with the Avalanche enjoying a two-man advantage.
“They got the momentum on the power play then they scored those two goals in less than 2 minutes there and that’s really hard,” Wolski said.
Kiprusoff’s 77th career victory with the Flames moves him past Phil Myre into fourth for most wins with the franchise. … Calgary LW Jeff Friesen has gone 35 games without a goal. … Former Flame Jordan Leopold, recovering from hernia surgery, is expected to make his Colorado debut Saturday night in Vancouver.