DENVER - The Czech Republic Olympic braintrust didn’t take long to get Jiri Hudler’s answer about being left off the team.
One goal. One assist.
One Calgary Flames victory.
Hudler, a surprising omission from the roster named in the morning for the coming Sochi Games, scored a pretty goal and then showed his playmaking skills on Michael Cammalleri’s late game-winning tally to pace the Flames to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Monday night in the Mile High City.
“He’s disappointed. It’s a big deal to anybody, especially him, who thought he deserved to be there, and us as teammates all thought he deserved to be there,” Cammalleri said. “(Shane) O’Brien said to me before the game, ‘I put my money on Huds to play well tonight.’ ”