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Avs' Sakic has third straight two-goal game

11/3/2002

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- No matter what the Colorado Avalanche
threw at them, the Calgary Flames wouldn't quit.

Martin Gelinas scored twice, including the tying goal, as the Flames came back three times to tie the Colorado Avalanche 4-4 Saturday night.

A harmless looking wrist shot from the blue line by Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr was going wide of the net when Gelinas stuck out his stick and deflected the puck past Patrick Roy.

Gelinas' team-leading sixth goal rallied the Flames for the
second time in the third period and third time in the game.

"The team never gave up,'' Gelinas said. "We kept coming back
and coming back and you could feel the intensity level on the
bench, on the ice and in the stands.''

Calgary had the best chances to win in overtime but couldn't
solve Roy.

"Every overtime game we've been involved in, we've lost two and
tied four, we haven't dominated the play which is a bit unfortunate
because we have a lot of skill,'' said Roy, who made 27 saves.
"When you go 4-on-4, everybody puts their best players on the ice
and sometimes teams maybe push too hard. Calgary was patient and
they had pretty good chances.''

Jarome Iginla was stopped by Roy on a breakaway, and the Flames
could not convert a power play they received 3:57 into the extra
session.

"I got pretty excited going in there,'' Iginla said. "I tried
to go high blocker, I know Roy's a butterfly goalie, but he was way
out and he takes up an awful lot of net.''

Craig Conroy and Jordan Leopold also scored for Calgary, which
completed a four-game homestand with 1-2-0-1.

Joe Sakic had two goals and an assist to pace Colorado. Peter
Forsberg added a goal and three assists, and Milan Hejduk added a
goal and two assists. The Avalanche earned at least one point in
nine straight games (4-0-3-2).

Sakic has eight goals and four assists in his last seven games, and has scored two goals in three straight games.

Just 2:31 before Gelinas tied it, Hejduk's wraparound goal gave
the Avalanche a 4-3 lead.

"Getting behind twice and then battling back and getting a tie, it's a great point for us, especially playing against a tough team like Colorado,'' Flames coach Greg Gilbert said.

Colorado took a 3-2 advantage at 2:16 of the third on Sakic's second of the night, but that lead lasted just 15 seconds when Conroy skated out of the Avalanche corner and ripped a shot past Roy.

Jamie McLennan was the surprise starter in goal for Calgary as
Roman Turek was bothered by a bruised finger.

Calgary opened the scoring at 13:32 of the first period when
Iginla chipped the puck ahead at the Avalanche blue line, sending
Gelinas in alone on Roy.

It was the second breakaway of the period for Roy who earlier
made a terrific save to rob Chris Drury who sped in and then tried
to deke to his backhand.

"We could have easily won that game, but the puck just didn't want to go in for us,'' Gelinas said. "Still, we have lots of positives to take out of this game.''

Colorado responded with two goals in the final 90 seconds of the
first period with Sakic scoring at 18:43 and Forsberg adding his
fifth goal 24 seconds later.

The Flames finished 2-for-8 on the power play while the
Avalanche were 0-for-4.

"I don't want to take anything away from Calgary as they worked
extremely hard and moved the puck well on the power play but our
penalty killing was not as sharp as normal,'' Roy said. "It's too
bad, on 5-on-5 we did a pretty good job.''

Game notes
The Canadian Hockey Association presented commemorative
rings to four members of the 2002 gold medal-winning Olympic team.
Receiving their rings were Sakic, D Rob Blake, and D Adam Foote of
the Avalanche along with Iginla. ... Drury (2 goals, 4 assists) and
Gelinas (2 goals, 4 assists) extended their point-scoring streaks
to five games.