Flames score five straight goals to beat Avs

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Rasmus Andersson had a goal and an assist, and the Calgary Flames took a four-goal lead in the third period before clinching a 5-3 win over the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

A night after hoisting the 2021-22 Stanley Cup banner ahead of a home win, the Avalanche were given a rough reception by the Flames, who scored five straight goals en route to winning their first game of the season.

It was Flames coach Darryl Sutter’s 700th career win.

Brett Ritchie, Dillon Dube, Tyler Toffoli and Elias Lindholm also scored for Calgary. Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves.

Valeri Nichushkin scored his third goal in two games for Colorado. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, Bowen Byram also scored and Pavel Francouz made 22 saves.

The Avalanche took an early 1-0 lead when Byram rushed into the zone, fended off the puck but managed to pass Markstrom at 1:39 of the first period.

Calgary’s fourth line tied the score when Ritchie scored from the slot at 11:23 on a pass from Milan Lucic.

Dube put the Flames ahead when he kept the puck on a 2-on-1 run with Andrew Mangiapane and beat Francouz with a wrist shot for a shorthanded goal at 2:31 of the second period.

Andersson made it 3-1 on a breakaway at 14:52 when he came out of the box, received a pass from MacKenzie Weegar and slid the puck down the five-hole hole.

The Flames pulled away early in the third. With Erik Johnson in the penalty area, Nazem Kadri’s shot from the right circle is deflected towards Toffoli in the slot. Toffoli scored at 1:12 as he was hit by Cole Makar with a high stick.

With Makar in the box, Jonathan Huberdeau put Lindholm in the slot and scored to make it 5-1 at 2:47.

MacKinnon’s breakaway goal at 3:08 brought the Avalanche down to 5-2.

Colorado made it 5-3 with a power-play goal at 11:01 when Nichushkin worked a back-and-forth with Mikko Rantanen and scored past the return wire.

–Field level media

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