Kiprusoff, Flames Hold Off Avalanche 2-1; Calgary Pulls Even With Colorado For Eighth Place In West

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Avalanche, Flames Face Off In 8th-Place Showdown At 9:30 ET

For more, check out our Flames blog where they're rejoicing tonight, Matchsticks & Gasoline, or our Avalanche blog where they're likely panicking tonight, Mile High Hockey.

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Miikka Kiprusoff made 35 saves and Rene Bourque provided the game-winner early in the third period, as Calgary defeated the stumbling Avalanche, 2-1, to pull even with Colorado for the West's final playoff spot.

One year removed from a last-place finish in the conference, Colorado finds itself in a dogfight with Calgary for eighth place thanks to an untimely 1-6-1 stretch.

The Flames have only four games remaining, while the Avalanche have a game in hand and currently hold all three tiebreaking scenarios, including wins (41-40), head-to-head points and goal differential. Despite Friday's disappointing setback, Colorado still took four of six from Calgary in the season series.

Nigel Dawes also tallied for the Flames, winners of three straight.

T.J. Galiardi lit the lamp for Colorado, which got 25 saves from Craig Anderson.

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