Flames break out on power play and burn Avs

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- The Calgary Flames cured their ailing
power play by focusing on the basics.

Dion Phaneuf had a goal and an assist and the Flames scored
three power-play goals in a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on
Tuesday night.

Jarome Iginla, Roman Hamrlik, and former Avalanche standout Alex
Tanguay also scored for Calgary, which ranked 26th in the league in
power-play percentage coming into the game. The Flames went 3-for-5
on the power play and also scored just 1 second after another man
advantage expired.

"We were getting away from the things that we do well," said
Matthew Lombardi, who scored one of the power-play goals.
"Tonight, we got back to doing those little things like getting
pucks through, having guys in front, picking up rebounds, and
taking pucks to the net."

Paul Stastny and Wojtek Wolski had third-period goals for the
Avalanche. Jose Theodore finished with 32 saves.

"When you're playing within your division, that's four points
that we just lost," Stastny said. "Now we have to forget about
that and look forward to Edmonton (Thursday night)."

Miikka Kiprusoff had 23 stops for the Flames.

Iginla's first-period goal put Calgary in front 1-0 and Stastny
and Brett Clark were whistled for minor penalties early in the
second to give the Flames a 5-on-3 power play. Phaneuf then beat
Theodore with a drive from the blue line at 3:15, making it 2-0.

Lombardi knocked in Chuck Kobasew's rebound 1:25 later for
another power-play tally for the Flames.

"It was a good night on the power play," Iginla said. "We
were moving it better and creating more time and space for
everybody. We knew this was a huge game for us."

Calgary led 4-0 in the third when Stastny scored 59 seconds into
the period with the Avalanche enjoying a two-man advantage.

"They got the momentum on the power play then they scored those
two goals in less than 2 minutes there and that's really hard,"
Wolski said.
^Notes:@ Kiprusoff's 77th career victory with the Flames moves him
past Phil Myre into fourth for most wins with the franchise. ...
Calgary LW Jeff Friesen has gone 35 games without a goal. ...
Former Flame Jordan Leopold, recovering from hernia surgery, is
expected to make his Colorado debut Saturday night in Vancouver.