Rookie matches Roy's feat

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

DENVER -- In all his meetings against the Flames as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, Patrick Roy collected one shutout.

That's right, the man who holds the NHL records for victories and sits sixth on the all-time list for goose-eggs, only once victimized the Flames after going to the Mile High City.

The exact number Peter Budaj now boasts.

Rookie Peter Budaj, that is.

Nobody will confuse Budaj and St. Patrick in the annals of goaltending history but once again the Flames allowed an unheralded netminder to look more like Jacques Plante as he shut the door in a 3-0 loss to Colorado yesterday.

While Budaj earned his first career shutout yesterday afternoon with a 33-save performance, the Flames couldn't help but kick themselves at not having made the most of an opportunity to distance themselves from a club forced into using its No.-2 goaltender.

"Their goalie played well but we have to look at ourselves," said Flames captain Jarome Iginla. "We've hit enough goalies that have played well and we have to look at ourselves."

And use what they see to make a difference in the future.

Calgary's scoring woes are all too well documented. The Flames sit 28th in offensive production. They'll be going into tonight's rematch with the Avs having been blanked for 105 minutes 10 seconds and looking to snap out of the funk.

"We don't know the exact secret, it's about sticking with it and staying positive," Iginla said. "It's not just being in front, we had legitimate chances in front of the net, we had two-on-ones."

But they didn't make use of any of them, which leaves a team full of players in the midst of some serious scoring droughts.

Tony Amonte's last goal came Jan. 14. He has now gone 18 without a tally. Same thing goes for Mike Leclerc, whose last goal came Nov. 30, while with Phoenix.

Jordan Leopold hasn't scored all season, Matthew Lombardi has scored twice in 23 outings, Chuck Kobasew has one goal in 12 games, Kristian Huselius has one tally in 14 games and Marcus Nilson has one goal in 25 games.

Daymond Langkow said it's a matter of finding that extra push immediately.

"We had enough opportunities.

"I think it was a case of not having that desperation around the net," he said.

"We had some chances with the puck laying there but didn't find ways to get to it."


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