I want Craig Anderson dead. Whether it’s right to say that or not, it’s true, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. It seems that the Colorado Avalanche can do no wrong against the Calgary Flames this season and they proved it when they rolled into the ‘Dome tonight hoping to take over first place in the NW division and push their season record to 4-0 against the Flames.
After starting the game with 3 fights in less than 4 mins, the Flames went up 2-0 with goals from Rene Bourque and Dustin Boyd. They couldn’t hold the lead through the end of the 2nd period, though. Paul Stastny and Chris Stewart scored to bring the Avs even with the Flames after 40 minutes. The Avs played a solid 2nd period, and received some great goaltending from Craig Anderson throughout the whole game.
In the 3rd period, the momentum was squarely in the Flames favour, but they couldn’t get a puck past Colorado’s goalie. Anderson stopped 44 of 46 shots, including 17 in the 3rd and 5 in OT. He kept the Flames from taking a late lead when they had a powerplay late in the 3rd period that carried into overtime.
Anderson stopped one more shot than Kipper in the shootout and gave his team the win tonight. Despite the win, the Avs failed to take over first place in the NW, as the Flames claimed one point in the Shootout. The 2 teams are tied with 58 points, but the Flames have played one less game.
The Flames host “Sid The Kid” and the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday at 7:30 at the ‘Dome.