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Rocky Mountain snoozefest

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

Forgive a guy for yawning.

Technically, last night's game between the Colorado Avalanche and Calgary Flames shouldn't even have taken place.

It was a make-up date after a regular-season contest was snowed out just before Christmas. A night before it looked as if it would be the game of the year, a head-to-head battle between two teams vying for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference but the Avs fell short of making that happen when they lost to the Nashville Predators Saturday.

Oh yeah, the Avs ended up winning 6-3 last night.

"It's too bad we had to play this game at all," said defenceman Rhett Warrener in the press box during the first intermission. "It would have been nice to have played (Saturday) night and had it over and done with and been able to get a couple of days of rest."

With nothing on the line and a first-round series against Detroit looming, sick stars Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow stayed home to rest.

There were few storylines left to play out.

Former Av Alex Tanguay set a new career high in his old home building with a pair of assists. Flames winger Darren McCarty made his return to the lineup for the first time since Dec. 26. Jamie McLennan started in net for the first time since March 15, just his eighth start of the season.

Rookie winger David Moss and veteran Stephane Yelle each scored their 10th goal of the year.

For Moss, who has played just 41 games for the Flames, the number is impressive because it would have translated to a 20-goal campaign over a full schedule.

For Yelle, the tally marked just the third time in his 11-year career his goal total had to run over two columns.

On the other side, Joe Sakic scored his 36th of the season and added a couple of assists to reach 100 points for the first time since 2000-01.


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