NEXT GAME: SAN JOSE SHARKS AT FLAMES
TOMORROW AT 7 P.M., TV: NONE, RADIO: FAN 960
SUN THREE STARS:
1. Tony Amonte, Flames.
2. Jordan Leopold, Flames.
3. Rob Blake, Avalanche.
Avalanche rookie G Peter Budaj stoned Flames F Byron Ritchie on a shorthanded breakaway early in the third period to keep the Avs deficit at one.
Avs F Dan Hinote had a full head of steam when he lined up Flames D Jordan Leopold behind the Calgary net early in the second period. Leopold appeared to anticipate the hit just in time but still absorbed a big chunk of the blow with Hinote's skates leaving the ice.
Both goaltenders deserve credit for keeping their teams knotted all throughout overtime. Philippe Sauve made a handful of great saves under pressure as the surprise starter, while rookie Peter Budaj shone for the Avalanche on the other side.
Avs F Ian Laperriere and Flames D Bryan Marchment exchanged blows for a good 20 seconds before finally running out of steam five minutes into the third period.
FLAMES -- F Matthew Lombardi (ankle) is out indefinitely. D Steve Montador and F Jason Wiemer were two of three odd men out. F Shean Donovan was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
AVALANCHE -- D Brett Clark (flu) and D Kurt Sauer were observers.
What do the Flames have against two-goal leads on the road?
WHAT IT MEANS:
The Flames (13-8-2) rejoin the Vancouver Canucks atop the Northwest Division with the win and prevent a slide after losing to the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night.
Flames D Jordan Leopold scored his first goal of the season in the first period. All his points have come against the Avalanche this year ... Avs F Alex Tanguay celebrated his 26th birthday yesterday.