Monkey returns to Leopold's back

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

Hockey is a game of give and take.

Flames defenceman Jordan Leopold can attest to that.

Leopold appeared to finally score his first goal of the season Monday night in the opening period of the Flames' 3-2 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

Upon further review, the marker was credited to centre Byron Ritchie.

Leopold wasn't too upset with the rescinded marker, despite his struggles on the offensive side this season.

"I knew I didn't score it off the bat anyway," Leopold said yesterday.

"Ritchie said he scored it, he was all pumped, so that's fine."

Ritchie's deflection of Leopold's point shot wound up earning him his first goal as a Flame.

"I just kind of cut to the net and Leo made a nice shot. I just had my stick out and it went off the shaft," said Ritchie. "It felt real good. Hopefully there's more to come."

The Burnaby, B.C., product wasn't too sympathetic about taking away Leopold's stat.

"I'm sure he'll get more," said Ritchie with a laugh.

Leopold added a second assist when Craig MacDonald batted his wrist shot past rookie Avs goalie Peter Budaj.

This time, the Flames defenceman was happy someone got a piece of it.

"The second one, I was going to miss the net and C-Mac (MacDonald) ended up getting a good chunk of it, found the goalie out of position. It was a nice play by him. Nice individual effort."

All three of Leopold's assists this season have come in games against the Avs. He's hoping to buck that trend soon.

"I'll take it," Leopold said. "I'll take everything I can get right now. Hopefully they come in bunches. The harder you work, you find things may go your way."


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