Andre Burakovsky snaps a shot over the shoulder of David Rittich on the short side to notch his second goal of the game for the Avalanche
CALGARY — Andre Burakovsky scored two goals and Nathan MacKinnon had two assists for the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-2 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.
Vladislav Kamenev also scored, and Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves for Colorado (13-6-2), which has won five of its past six games following a five-game winless streak (0-4-1).
“I dont think every games been pretty and we had different guys contributing every night,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “Thats what you need. Theyre not always going to be perfect, especially when youre missing this many guys and some key players, but you have to keep grinding and believe and find different ways. The buy-in and the game plan has been good. Im pretty pleased with it.”
Before the game, theres a lot of energy in the dressing room, energy on the bench, said Ryan, who has four goals. We give up a couple goals and all of a sudden the body language goes down a little bit, guys are frustrated, guys are down on themselves, down on each other.
Derek Ryan and Andrew Mangiapane scored, and David Rittich made 23 saves for Calgary (10-11-3), which has been outscored 18-5 during a five-game winless streak (0-4-1). The Flames open a four-game road trip at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
“There is adversity for sure,” Flames coach Bill Peters said. “There is adversity in the fact that we havent won recently, adversity in the fact weve got some guys down, but thats everybody in the League. … Across the League, youre going to hit it at some point where youre banged up, lots of injuries, [and] nobody feels sorry for you when it happens.”
Calgarys new look forward core will pop for an early goal and grab a 1-0 lead, but Colorado will score the next two, meaning Calgary will be once again forced to tie it in the third. Overtime solves nothing and the Flames continue their early season success in the stupid shootout. Look for Joonas Donskoi to score at least once tonight as he loves playing Calgary. For the Flames I see someone scoring their first goal of the year tonight.
“When you play with him, the challenge for the other guys is to find the open ice because when you do, the puck is going to come,” Burakovsky said. “That first play he made tonight, I came from behind and I think he had a pretty good look to shoot too, and he just whipped it over to me and I had a good look from it. You just have to find the ice and be ready for the puck.”
I tried optimism before Sundays game and it burned me pretty badly, but Im sort of almost trying it again? Realistically, I think the Avalanche win this one, but the Flames did just call up Zac Rinaldo who is not very good. But! The universe does seem to like rewarding moves like that and tricking teams into thinking they actually work. So yeah, the Flames win this one.
Burakovsky extended the lead to 2-0 at 18:25 when he shot short side over Rittichs shoulder after an offensive zone face-off win by MacKinnon. Burakovsky, who has five goals in the past three games and 10 goals in 21 games, has finished with 12 goals in each of the past three seasons.
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“Sometimes that just happens,” he said. “Every shot you have goes in somehow. Ive been playing with great players and theyre giving me a lot of looks. I think Im putting more pucks to the net than usual than I used to do. Its working out that way. The more I shoot, the more opportunities I have to score.”
Burakovskys second goal came after Grubauer, who returned after missing five games because of a lower-body injury, made a glove save against Matthew Tkachuk at 15:34 and a right pad save on Ryans breakaway on the power play at 17:02.
Kamenev made it 3-0 at 13:15 of the second period when he finished a three-way passing play with J.T. Compher and Valeri Nichushkin.
Ryan scored Calgarys first goal in 167:44 at 17:41 of the second. It was the Flames first even-strength goal in 224:23.
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“Its physically exhausting, its mentally exhausting,” Ryan said. “Before the game, weve got a lot of energy, pretty vibrant on the bench. All of a sudden, they score one or two goals, its pretty tough to still have that energy. I thought we stuck to it well, as much to as we can, but weve got to start scoring the first goal in the game.”
“They had a lot of long shifts on us. In a perfect world, we want to eliminate that and get the puck out a little bit quicker, little bit cleaner breakouts and not complicate things too much for ourselves. But overall, we battled. We were blocking shots and paying the price to get two points, and thats something you have to do.” — Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky
Sigh. Well, at least they scored. The Flames came home for a quick stop before hitting the road for four straight and dropped their 5th straight game, this time a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
“I thought we were more engaged today than in other games, but its tough playing from behind all the time. Weve got to change that because this is a very, very, very important road trip for us, and we want to play better on the road.” — Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk
Colorado was without forwards Mikko Rantanen (lower body), Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), Colin Wilson (lower body), Tyson Jost (upper body) and Matt Calvert (head); Calgary was missing forwards Sam Bennett (upper body) and Austin Czarnik (lower body), and defensemen Travis Hamonic (lower body) and TJ Brodie (medical episode). … MacKinnon has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past six games; Makar has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past seven games and leads all NHL rookies with 23 points (five goals, 18 assists). … Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has two goals in the past 19 games, and center Sean Monahan has three goals in the past 21.
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-Took You Long Enough: The Flames FINALLY scored a goal Tuesday night, this one at the 17:41 mark of the second period. Up until that point the Flames hadnt scored in seven straight periods
-First Is Better: Calgary didnt score first, again. The Avalanche scored the first goal of his contest making it the 8th straight game the Flames have given up the first goal of the contest.
-Local Kid Done Well: Cale Makar had an assist tonight, making it the 3rd straight game hes had a point against his home town Flames. By the way, hes only played the Flames three times.