Stastny extended his NHL rookie record point streak to 19 games with a third-period goal and the Avalanche stayed in the playoff hunt with a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
“Right now the record doesn’t mean any more than our next game, Saturday in Phoenix,” Stastny said. “We can enjoy this one tonight and tomorrow come back to work.”
The streak also matched one put up by his father Peter, tying for the second-longest run in franchise history. Only Mats Sundin’s 30-game streak is longer for the Quebec/Colorado franchise.
“My dad doesn’t even know any of this stuff until he reads it in the paper,” the younger Stastny said. “He will be more excited for the win and we won’t bring up the streak thing until the summer. He knows how important every game is right now.”
The Avalanche are eight points behind Calgary and the playoff cutoff in the Western Conference with each team having 12 games left.
“I don’t think we missed a chance to put anybody down for the count,” Calgary coach Jim Playfair said. “There are still 12 games left in the season and our focus is to make our way up in the standings.”
Stastny, who has nine goals and 26 assists during the streak, has recorded a point in each game since Feb. 1 against Minnesota.
Joe Sakic scored his 602nd goal to move past Edmonton Oiler great Jari Kurri into 16th place on the NHL career list. Milan Hejduk added a power-play goal, and Andrew Brunette had two assists. Petr Budaj made 17 saves.
Jarome Iginla scored his 34th of the season, and Stephane Yelle added a power-play tally for Calgary. Roman Hamrlik recorded his 500th point.
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 39 shots for the Flames, who have the second-worst road record in the West (9-16-8).
Stastny snapped a 2-2 tie 50 seconds into the third period.
Brett McLean beat a Calgary defenceman to the puck deep in the Flames’ zone, and dropped the puck to a trailing Stastny, who took several strides and squeezed a shot between Kiprusoff’s pads.
“It was a good play by McLean and he kicked the puck to me, so I shot it off my toes,” Stastny said. “It was rolling a little bit, and I think it handcuffed Kiprusoff a little bit.”
“He might have thought it was a little harder than it really was. It just squeaked in.”
Calgary defenceman Dion Phaneuf, one of the defencemen that McLean beat to the puck, accepted some of the blame for Stastny’s goal.
“It wasn’t a good play for me and I have to make a better play,” Phaneuf said. “When we’re on the ice we all have to be more accountable.”
The Flames had a chance to it tie when Colorado defenceman Ken Klee took a slashing penalty with 2:19 remaining. Calgary pulled Kiprusoff with 46 seconds left to gain a six-on-four skating advantage. The Flames, however, didn’t get a puck on net. They were outshot 13-5 in the final period.
Calgary led 2-1 after the first period despite falling behind just 1:15 in.
Kiprusoff stopped Andrew Brunette’s slap shot, but Wojtek Wolski chased down the puck and fed Sakic from behind the net for goal No. 28.
The Flames took the lead with two power-play goals. Iginla deflected Roman Hamrlik’s shot from the left point off the left post and past Budaj at 14:45, with one second left on the advantage.
Yelle tapped the puck in at 17:22 after taking Budaj out of the play with a nifty move.
“I think that we knew what was at stake and we came in playing as if our playoff lives were riding on it,” Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. “We had a great start, they got a couple of power-play goals and it suddenly wasn’t looking like we were so good.”
Colorado outshot the Flames 18-5 in the second period and tied the game at two on Hejduk’s 29th at 16:20.
Notes: The Avalanche honoured eight World War II veterans of the 10th Mountain Division. … Colorado RW Marek Svatos (groin) missed his sixth consecutive game. … Former Avalanche LW Alex Tanguay was jeered when he tripped himself to the ice early in the first period. … Calgary’s Tony Amonte had an apparent goal waved off when referee Dennis LaRue blew the play dead at 13:57 of the first period.