Cummins puts Colorado ahead to stay


CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Derek Morris had mixed feelings about
scoring in overtime against his former Calgary Flames teammates.

The Colorado defenseman took a pass from Alex Tanguay and
wristed a shot past Miikka Kiprusoff at 2:24 of the extra period to
give the Avalanche a thrilling 6-5 victory Thursday night.

"I wish I didn't have to do it, but it felt good," Morris
said. "Obviously, I have no hard feelings to my (former)

The Flames traded Morris to Colorado before last season along
with Dean McAmmond and Jeff Shantz for Chris Drury and Stephane

Morris had a career-high 11 goals and 37 assists with the
Avalanche last season, and has three goals and eight assists in 22
games this season.

"It was good to see both teams obviously have a good
hard-fought game," he said.

Adam Foote, Milan Hejduk, Joe Sakic, Teemu Selanne and Travis
Brigley also scored for the Avalanche, who rallied from 2-1 and 3-2
deficits before blowing leads of 4-3 and 5-4.

Andrew Ference scored at 11:53 of the third to tie it 5-5 and
force overtime. Brigley gave Colorado a 5-4 lead at 5:55.

Oleg Saprykin had two goals, and Shean Donovan and Jordan
Leopold also scored for the Flames, who had won three straight.

"We were able to fight back from being a goal down in the third
period," Donovan said. "To fight back and get a point out of it,
that's something to look at."

David Aebischer made 27 saves for the Avalanche, and Kiprusoff
stopped 19 shots for the Flames.

Trailing 4-3 after two periods, Saprykin tied it for Calgary
1:02 into the third period before Brigley and Ference traded goals.

Sakic scored at 13:09 and Selanne added a goal at 17:10 as
Colorado turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead.

Leopold gave Calgary a 3-2 lead at 7:45 of the second.

"We weren't expecting a game like that, that's for sure,"
Sakic said. "Every time somebody got a chance, the puck seemed to
go in. It was just one of those games where we're just glad we won

With scoring down in the NHL, Sakic said it was nice to be
involved in a wide-open game.

"I'm sure the goalies didn't like it, but the offensive
players, we don't mind it," he said.

Tanguay had three assists to take over the NHL scoring lead with
31 points.

Foote opened the scoring just 1:02 in the game but Donovan tied
it at 5:52 with a short-handed goal. Saprykin put the Flames up at
9:39 before Hejduk made it 2-2 at 12:19.

The Flames were 1-for-7 with the man advantage, while the
Avalanche converted 1-of-4 power-play opportunities.<
^Notes@: Colorado D Karlis Skrastins played his 291st consecutive
game, the longest active streak in the NHL. ... Colorado LW Jordan
Krestanovich, recalled from Hershey of the AHL on Nov. 23, returned
to the Pengrowth Saddledome where he played for Calgary of the
Western Hockey League. ... The Avalanche had seven players out of
the lineup due to injuries including C Peter Forsberg (abdomen) and
LW Paul Kariya (wrist).wrist