Originally signed as a free agent by Calgary on July 1, 2008, Wilson was dealt to Colorado last March along with forward Lawrence Nycholat(notes) and a draft pick for defenseman Jordan Leopold(notes).
“I didn’t really play with them but it’s always nice to score on your old team or old organization,” Wilson said. “I’m just happy to get the win and to score my first goal in a winning game. Certainly I’ll remember this one but I have to keep playing this way and hopefully this little streak I’m on continues.”
“Their ‘D’ seemed to get in front of every shot,” Bourque said. “The last time we played them, same thing. They did a good job of taking our space away and they got big in front of you.”
Aided by an early power play, the Flames had the first six shots of the game but couldn’t get one past Anderson.
The Avalanche then bounced back to send seven straight shots at Kiprusoff, scoring on one. After Kiprusoff made two straight pad saves on shots by Wojtek Wolski(notes), Wilson crept in off the point and picked up a loose puck in the slot before backhanding a shot into the Calgary net 8 minutes into the game.
“The puck was in there for a while and I think everyone just got tied up and the puck squirted loose,” Wilson said. “The goalie was down so I moved to the side and put it in there.”
About 5 1/2 minutes later, with the Avalanche on the power play, Bourque snapped a shot into the top corner over Anderson’s outstretched glove to put Calgary up 2-1.
Prior to the play, Avalanche defenseman Kyle Quincy broke his stick when he took a slap shot from the point. Dustin Boyd(notes) alertly picked up the puck and sent it to Jay Bouwmeester(notes), who feathered a great cross-ice pass to Bourque on the left wing in the Colorado zone.
McLeod converted a feed from Stastny past Kiprusoff to tie the game at 2-2 with 2 minutes left in the second period. Wilson had an assist on the play to double his total to four points on the season.
“That second goal was a terrible goal to give up,” said Calgary head coach Brent Sutter. “You get up 2-1 and you’ve got to really clamp down and do it the right way.”
Just 66 seconds later, Hejduk attempted to hit Darcy Tucker(notes) with a cross-crease pass while the Avs were on a power play. The puck deflected off Bouwmeester’s skate instead and behind Kiprusoff to give Hejduk his eighth goal of the season.
“I’m there for my teammates,” Anderson said. “There’s going to be breakdowns, you’ve got to make the save for that and keep the score 3-2.”
NOTES: Glencross returned to Calgary’s lineup after missing three games due to a suspension for a hit on Chris Drury(notes) of the New York Rangers during a 3-1 win for the Flames at home on Nov. 7. … It was only the fifth time in 19 games this season the Flames failed to score the first goal of the game. … Colorado played without injured defensemen John-Michael Liles(notes) (shoulder) and Ruslan Salei(notes) (back). Forward T.J. Galiardi(notes), who suffered an ankle injury the last time the two team’s played back on Oct. 28 in Calgary, also missed the game.