Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Joe Sakic, Avalanche -- Goal and an assist from the captain.

2. Alex Tanguay, Avalanche -- Two more points for the team's leading producer.

3. Peter Budaj, Avalanche -- Rookie goaltender holding strong as the defacto No.-1.

TURNING POINT:

Just after Calgary failed to click on a powerplay opportunity in the latter half of the second period, Alex Tanguay began a rush that ended with Joe Sakic's tally that made it a 2-0 count.

BIG SAVE:

Calgary was down 1-0 early in the second period when Chris Simon was sprung alone in front of the cage.

Simon took the time to pick his spot only to see his high glove-side offering caught by Colorado netminder Peter Budaj.

HARD HIT:

Colorado's Ian Laperriere came through the neutral zone in a race with Dion Phaneuf for a loose puck. Phaneuf first touched the puck and then flattened Laperriere with a bone-crushing hit.

UNSUNG HERO:

Milan Hejduk also joined Colorado's two-point club on the day, helping to set up the game-opening tally and firing a shorthanded goal late in the second period.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- D Roman Hamrlik (hand), D Rhett Warrener (knee), C Jamie Lundmark and C Byron Ritchie.

COLORADO -- LW Steve Konowalchuk (wrist), RW Marek Svatos (shoulder), D Ossi Vaananen (leg) and G Jose Theodore (heel) had D Bob Boughner and LW Brad May for company.

BURNING QUESTION:

When do the Flames begin to provide offensive support for Miikka Kiprusoff?

WHAT IT MEANS:

Calgary falls one point behind the Avs for top spot in the Northwest Division standings, with Vancouver and Edmonton right behind. The Flames have a chance to regain the lead today at home against Colorado.

NOTEWORTHY

Joe Sakic's first-period assist was the 900th of his career, making the Colorado captain the 16th player in NHL history to reach that milestone. Bryan Trottier sits 15th on the all-time assist list with 901. Sakic is now two (was four before the game started) points shy of equaling Stan Makita (1,467) for 11th place in NHL history ... Calgary has a 2-2-0 record this season in afternoon games, with one more to play, March 26 in Dallas ... The Flames have now been shut out for 105 minutes 10 seconds.

NEXT GAME: COLORADO AVALANCHE AT FLAMES

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


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