Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

NEXT GAME: DALLAS STARS AT CALGARY FLAMES

THURSDAY AT 7 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Marek Svatos, Avalanche.

2. Wojtek Wolski, Avalanche.

3. Antti Laaksonen, Avalanche.

TURNING POINT:

The first penalty. No, we're not being cheeky. Byron Ritchie's hooking infraction helped result in the game's first goal, by rookie Wojtek Wolski, and the all-too-familiar movie was in motion.

BIG SAVE:

With seven seconds left in the first period, and the Flames already down 2-0, Miikka Kiprusoff was hung out to dry but denied Patrice Briseboise on a two-on-one with a nifty stop.

HARD HIT:

Antti Laaksonen was reaching for the puck, thus exposing himself for a big hit in the neutral zone, paid for it when Dion Phaneuf stepped up and drilled him with an open-ice hit.

UNSUNG HERO:

Rob Blake. Sure he's not often un-noticed but the veteran star blocked several shots and had even more shots on goal.

SCRATCHES:

The Flames sat LW Jason Wiemer and C Matthew Lombardi. D Robyn Regehr (knee) is out.

D Bob Boughner joined RW Milan Hejduk (knee) and LW Brad May (groin).

BURNING QUESTION:

Are the Flames really this bad?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN:

A third blowout loss to make their four-game trip end with a 1-3 mark.

NOTEWORTHY:

This is the 10th anniversary of the Avs after coming from Quebec. In those years in the Mile High City, their winning percentage is .625 (400-216-101-21), second most in the NHL since the beginning of the 1995-96 season ... Joe Sakic's next goal, No. 544, will tie him with Maurice Richard for 21st in NHL history.


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