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Sauve saves just 26 of 33 shots

3/7/2004

DENVER (AP) -- With a resounding win over Colorado on Sunday, the
Calgary Flames completed a 2-2 road trip and climbed from seventh
to sixth place in the Western Conference.

Oleg Saprykin scored two goals and Craig Conroy had a goal and two
assists as the Flames routed the Avalanche 7-1.

"We're in the running for a playoff spot, and it's very close,"
Flames forward Jarome Iginla said. "We knew we had to get a win in
Colorado, and it was a game where every single guy showed up. Every
line was physical, and our power play was due to break out and it
did."

It was Colorado's worst regular-season loss since a 7-0 defeat
at Phoenix on Nov. 26, 1999, and its worst home loss since the
franchise moved from Quebec to Colorado for the 1995-96 season.

Miikka Kiprusoff had 21 saves for the Flames, and Colorado's
Philippe Sauve stopped only 26 of 33 shots.

"We came back from them scoring on the power play early,"
Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said. "That's a good sign for our
team. Our penalty kill hadn't been good on this trip. Give our
players credit for bouncing right back.

"Our special teams were really good. The two key goals for us
were the short-handed goal by Iginla and [Chris] Clark's goal.
Those two goals basically broke it open."

Colorado's recent home-ice woes continued. The Avalanche are
1-5-3-1 in their last 10 home games and 2-6-2-1 in their last 11
games overall.

After Krzysztof Oliwa made it 5-1 on a shot from the right
circle at 6:24 of the third period, Saprykin scored the final two
goals for Calgary. He converted a rebound from the slot at 9:35 and scored on a wraparound with 0.6 seconds remaining.

"I can't remember having many two-goal games," Saprykin said.
"I was due to break out. This should give us some momentum."

Colorado coach Tony Granato called it "a bad game from start to
finish, even when we jumped out to a lead. Once they took the lead,
we just got deflated, and it got worse and worse as it went on.

"The last two weeks, we have not played our best hockey, but you
look at the standings and we are still in first place [in the
Northwest Division]. We're still in a position where with 14 games
to go we can accomplish our goals, win our division and set
ourselves up for the playoffs."

Avs defenseman Rob Blake said his team got outworked.

"We've got a lineup that, when you put it up on the board, it's
as good as any in the league," he said. "But if you're not going
to pay the price -- you're not going to drive the net, block shots,
finish checks -- you're not going to win games. Calgary did exactly
what we're supposed to be doing."

Calgary outshot Colorado 13-6 in the first period, which ended
in a 1-1 tie.

Colorado's Milan Hejduk scored his 32nd goal on a power play at
10:44, tipping in a rebound of John-Michael Liles' shot from just
inside the blue line.

At 17:19, Jordan Leopold scored from the slot on a pass from
Steve Reinprecht.

Clark put the Flames ahead 2-1 early in the second period, and
Iginla and Conroy made it 4-1 later in the period.

Clark rushed the net from the left corner and jammed the puck
past Sauve at 1:55. In a short-handed situation, Iginla scored his
35th goal from the left circle at 11:37. Conroy's shot from the
right corner was tipped into the net inadvertently by Colorado
defenseman Adam Foote at 15:50.

Game notes
Colorado center Peter Forsberg missed his 10th straight
game because of a groin injury. ... Avs forward Andrei Nikolishin
missed his 20th straight game (abdominal injury) but has rejoined
practice. ... It was the final game in Calgary's four-game road
trip. ... Calgary shut out the Avalanche 2-0 in their last meeting,
Feb. 24 in Denver.