Three stars

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

1. Daymond Lankow, Flames--Snapped his goal-scoring drought in what was his best performance in a few weeks.

2. Cory Sarich, Flames -- His assist was one of many great plays. The blueliner was a physical presence from the drop of the puck.

3. Matthew Lombardi -- Flames. A goal and an assist for the speedy centre in what was a great team effort.

REPORT CARD

Overall: A

Offence: A

Defence: A+

Goaltending: A

Powerplay: C

Penalty kill: B

UNSUNG HEROs

The fourth line of Eric Godard, Stephane Yelle and Dustin Boyd had a few momentum-generating shifts -- one in the first period against Colorado's most-dangerous line of the season -- and earned a well-deserved second period goal.

WHY the FLAMES WON

Because they beat the Avs in pretty much all facets of the game, especially offensive pressure. That difference on the shot clock was earned by the Flames, and they managed to make the most of it, too, by taking the big lead.

SAVE OF THE GAME

It could have been worse early for the home-side Avalanche. Early in the second period, Colorado netminder Jose Theodore made a highlight-reel trapper save on Kristian Huselius.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Late in the first period and with the Flames only up by one goal, Cory Sarich kept the puck in the offensive zone and sent a perfect pass to a wide-open Matthew Lombardi. Lombardi used all that time to make a perfect deke before scoring to make it 2-0.


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