Iginla scores twice, Flames top struggling Avs 5-2

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The Associated Press
Friday, March 18, 2011; 1:47 AM

CALGARY, Alberta -- Jarome Iginla scored two goals and the Calgary Flames beat Colorado 5-2 on Thursday night to send the Avalanche to their 10th straight loss.

Rene Bourque and Alex Kotalik had a goal and an assist each for the Flames, who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back into eighth place in the Western Conference.

Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary, while Jay Bouwmeester had two assists.

Mark Olver and Cody McLeod for the Avalanche, 2-20-2 since Jan. 18. Matt Duchene had two assists.

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - A timely visit from the plummeting and undisciplined Colorado Avalanche was just what the Calgary Flames needed to get their playoff push back on track.

Jarome Iginla scored two goals, and the Flames beat Colorado 5-2 on Thursday night to send the Avalanche to their 10th straight loss.

Iginla scored one of his goals on a two-man advantage at 3:51 of the first period. With the Flames still a man up, Mark Giordano made it 2-0 just 24 seconds later.

"I thought right from the start we had our tempo up and we were able to draw the penalties," Iginla said. "Fortunately we were able to get one and then get Gio's goal right afterward. That was huge."

Rene Bourque and Alex Kotalik had a goal and an assist each for the Flames, who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back into eighth place in the Western Conference. Jay Bouwmeester added two assists.

Darren Olver and Cody McLeod had goals for the Avalanche, 2-20-2 since Jan. 18. Matt Duchene had two assists.

"They wanted it," Olver said of the Flames. "They came out strong, they came out hard. They took advantage of their power plays."


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