Let's Av a do-over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

Jarome Iginla tempered his comments after the disappointing loss.

Head coach Mike Keenan tried to do the same, but had a little more difficulty after a questionable penalty call in overtime led to a 3-2 win for the Colorado Avalanche over the Calgary Flames last night at the Saddledome.

Iginla made a little contact with Avs defenceman John-Michael Liles in extra time and an embellished fall led referee Dennis LaRue to award the Avalanche a deadly 4-on-3 advantage.

Paul Stastny scored into a wide-open net on a pass from former Oiler Ryan Smyth to complete the comeback.

It was the second straight tally for the Avs powerplay after Milan Hejduk capitalizing on a third-period advantage -- an even more debatable call on David Hale.

Keenan was calm, but obviously upset.

"I'm disappointed in the call," he said. "The official -- in this case the same official that made the last two calls -- influenced the outcome of the game, and that's not their job."

Keenan was also disappointed in his team's lack of success on the powerplay after an 0-for-4 night.

"At the same time, our powerplay was inept," he said. "If we had scored a powerplay goal ... then maybe, perhaps (bad calls) wouldn't have influenced the game anyway."

Iginla didn't want to complain for fear of it sounding like sour grapes.

"But definitely didn't agree with the call there. Especially at the end of the third," said Iginla, who saw Smyth trip Phaneuf before the buzzer sounded to end the game.

A penalty there would have given the Flames an early advantage in overtime.

The late emergence of controversy -- which had the fans throwing debris on the ice while raining boos upon LaRue -- spoiled a pretty good effort from the Flames, who were looking for a fifth straight win and more breathing room atop the Northwest Division standings.

After falling behind early on a goal from Smyth, the Flames responded with goals from Dustin Boyd and Robyn Regehr to enter the third period with a 2-1 lead.

"There was a lot of good things. It was a game where we had a lot of chances. We were skating well. We created some things," said Iginla. "We could have had more than two tonight. We were prepared to win a one-goal game."

In the end, they got just a single point. Coupled with a loss by the Wild, though, the Flames opened up a two-point gap over Minnesota.

"It's disappointing. What can you say now about it?" said Matthew Lombardi.

"I think we played well. I think we had a lot of opportunities. Their goalie stood on his head, made some key saves and they capitalized on a few opportunities."

And a few fortunate calls.

"To influence a game like he did tonight, I'm sure that LaRue, just as coaches get upset with players, I'm sure that the people that are in charge of officiating would be upset with those types of calls," said Keenan.

"If they're not, then I'd be disappointed in the whole process."


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