SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

NEXT GAME: FLAMES AT BLACKHAWKS, TOMORROW AT 6:30 P.M., TV: PPV, RADIO, FAN 960

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Joe Sakic, Avs -- Two goals and one assist ended a slump in style.

2. Alex Tanguay, Avs -- Assisted on Sakic's goals with perfect passes and scored another.

3. Chuck Kobasew, Flames -- A hat- trick for his team's lone bright spot.

TURNING POINT:

A few minutes after Chuck Kobasew tied the game for the second time, Joe Sakic notched his second powerplay goal of the game to put his team ahead for good.

BIG SAVE:

Right after Colorado opened the scoring, Marcus Nilson had the golden chance to even the count in a timely fashion. Set up in the slot, Nilson patiently waited on a one-on-one showdown with Avs netminder David Aebischer and made a deke before sending a shot. Aebischer reached out with his trapper to make the highlight-reel stop.

HARD HIT:

Milan Hejduk stood his ground as Daymond Langkow tried to work toward the Colorado net, sending the Flames forward tumbling to the ice.

UNSUNG HERO:

John-Michael Liles notched a goal and an assist in another strong performance from the under-rated defenceman.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- C Jason Wiemer and D Roman Hamrlik (knee) watched, while C Byron Ritchie (knee) and D Bryan Marchment (knee) remain home.

AVALANCHE -- D Kurt Sauer was the lone healthy spectator, with LW Brad May (knee), LW Steve Konowalchuk (wrist) and C Pierre Turgeon (shoulder) are on the shelf.

BURNING QUESTION

Do the Flames now take advantage of four straight games against the three worst teams in the Western Conference?

WHAT IT MEANS:

Calgary still maintains a two-point edge on Vancouver for top spot in the Northwest Division race but the Avalanched pulled back within four points in the hotly contested battle.

NOTEWORTHY:

Colorado's sellout streak is now at 465 games ... Joe Sakic's second period goal -- No. 560 -- moved him into a tie with Guy Lafleur for 18th place in NHL history. He took sole possession of that spot before the period was out.


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