After their 6-1 embarrassment at the hands of the Sharks on Thursday, the Flames really couldn't have delivered a better birthday present to this blogger. In their most impressive effort yet, they fired 51 (!) shots at Peter Budaj, who preserved the game until Adrian Aucoin's game winning goal 12:28 into the 3rd. The final score was 4-1, a score far too generous to the Avs.
If the Avs had stolen this game, it would have been both because of Peter Budaj, and because of the Flames' ineptitude on the power play. 1 for 8, with the one marker being a garbage goal by David Moss (great to see him finally score one though) that came AFTER Jarome Iginla's empty netter. No matter how good the Flames look, the powerplay still looks awful.
As close as Colorado came, though, the Flames lack of luck this game also made it closer than it actually was. From Curtis Glencross hitting the inside of the post from center ice at the end of the first period (which, coincidentally, helped spark Budaj) to a ridiculous amount of missed shots. The game was basically the polar opposite of the game against San Jose.
Everyone who reads my blog knows my new policy is to not say that particular games are "huge", "momentum building" or any other optimistic buzzwords and phrases. But I can't help but be happy with this dominance which caps off my 18th birthday. Looking long term, the fact that the Flames have now earned at least a season series tie with a divisional foe they had a lot of trouble with last year is a positive sign. Next up, the Flames go to Colorado for a rematch with the Avs on Wednesday, followed by a visit from the Wings on Saturday. It might be a crash down to reality, who knows. All I know is that just as you can't say much about a 6-1 pounding, you can't say much about a 4-1 win that might as well have been 6-1.