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Svatos, Avalanche jolt Flames

DENVER (Ticker) -- Marek Svatos recorded two goals and an assist

as the Colorado Avalanche snapped a four-game losing streak with

a 4-3 triumph over the Calgary Flames on Monday in a battle of

Northwest Division rivals.

All-Star Milan Hejduk and defenseman Ruslan Salei also scored

for Colorado, which won for just the second time in its last

nine games (2-7-0).

Ryan Smyth and Tyler Arnason notched two assists apiece and

Peter Budaj turned aside 36 shots for the Avalanche, who

improved to 17-0-0 when leading after two periods.

Captain Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque and defenseman Adrian Aucoin

scored and Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 38 saves for Calgary,

which fell to 14-4-1 in its last 19 games.

With the game tied at 3-3 with 4:38 remaining in the second

period, Svatos gained a step on Flames' blue-liner Dion Phaneuf

and deflected Cody McLeod's centering feed past Kiprusoff for

his 11th goal of the season.

After Bourque opened the scoring 7:43 into the first period,

Svatos leveled the contest nearly five minutes later after

accepting a pass from Arnason and wristing the puck between the

pads of Kiprusoff.

Hejduk gave Colorado a brief 2-1 advantage just 34 seconds into

the second period with a power-play goal - and made history in

the process.

The tally gave Hejduk 636 career points, tying him with Anton

Stastny for fifth place on the franchise's career list.

Aucoin answered with a blast from just inside the blue line, but

Salei's slap shot beat Kiprusoff to help the Avalanche regain

the lead just 63 seconds later.


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