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Flames win basement battle with Avalanche

The Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Monday night in Denver. MARK LEFFINGWELL/REUTERS.

The Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 Monday night in Denver. MARK LEFFINGWELL/REUTERS.

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

DENVER - Winning the NHL draft lottery is something for the fans to worry about.

Right now, the Calgary Flames’ on-ice employees are still worried about winning games.

With Monday’s 3-1 triumph over the Colorado Avalanche in the Mile High City, the Flames rebounded from five straight losses, finally ending their 13-game winless skid on the road and — most importantly — avoiding a plummet to rock-bottom in the NHL standings.

The Flames (14-20-4) are still looking up at almost every other squad in the league, but at least they didn’t get leapfrogged by the 30th-place Avalanche (12-22-5).

For the road-weary crew from Calgary, this game wasn’t just about staying in the 20-somethings in the standings.

It was about giving their 20-somethings a chance to shine on the ice, and the youngsters took advantage of it.



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