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Friesen's good luck quickly turns bad

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

Going into the first intermission, Jeff Friesen should have been riding high. Just like the rest of the Calgary Flames.

Instead, the left winger went from late period hero to feeling the blues. That's what happens when a pair of pucks go off your stick for goals, except one was the wrong net.

The Flames were shorthanded late in the first period of a scoreless game when Friesen received the kind of break all teams hope for.

Rhett Warrener's shot on goal from inside the Calgary blueline, about 130 feet away, was mishandled by Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj and the rebound went to the slot. Friesen showed his speed by zipping past the defenders, grabbed the loose puck and netted a shorthanded tally.

The elation was short-lived.

A minute later, on the same Avs powerplay, Friesen tried to block Brett Clark's point shot but ended up deflecting it into his own net, giving life to a Colorado team that went on to win 4-3.

"I was just trying to get out of the way and it goes in. What are you gonna do?" lamented Friesen. "But we can't spend two minutes in our end on the PK like that. You've got to do your job."

In a crucial game, one lucky break can make all the difference. Friesen's goal on Budaj could have been just that for a Flames team that needs one win to earn a playoff berth and end to Colorado's playoff hopes. Instead the momentum shifted with 12 seconds remaining in the opening period.

"It was a big break (for the Flames) but they're still on the powerplay and if you don't get pucks out of your zone, and let them set up," said Friesen of his goal.

"It wasn't the momentum builder we needed."


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