Flames score 5 straight in 3rd to rally past Avalanche 6-5
CALGARY, Alberta — Mark Giordano had a goal and two assists, and the Calgary Flames scored five straight times in the third period to rally past the Colorado Avalanche 6-5 on Thursday night.
With the game tied 4-all, Giordano scored the go-ahead goal at 13:47 of the third period when he jumped up into the rush, took a pass from Mikael Backlund and snapped a shot over the blocker of goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
Backlund, Elias Lindholm, Sean Monahan, James Neal and Michael Frolik also scored for the Flames (8-5-1), who have won three straight. Matthew Tkachuk added three assists.
It’s already the fourth time this season the Flames have come back to win when trailing after two periods.
Colin Wilson, Vladislav Kamenev, Sheldon Dries, Carl Soderberg and Gabriel Landeskog scored for Colorado (7-4-2).
Down 4-1 after two periods, Calgary began its comeback 47 seconds into the third on Lindholm’s power-play goal, his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
The man advantage was the result of a charging major on Ian Cole late in the second period after his heavy hit crumpled Mark Jankowski as he was looking back for a pass. Shaken up, Jankowski went to the dressing room. He returned to sit on the bench in the third period, but did not play.
The Flames drew within one at 5:21 when Monahan deflected Noah Hanifin’s point shot.
The Saddledome crowd then roared at 10:52 when Neal got the puck in the slot and ripped a shot past Varlamov for his third goal and a tie game.
Just more than a minute after Giordano’s go-ahead goal, Frolik made it a two-goal lead, one-timing Tkachuk’s feed for his sixth goal.
The Avalanche got a power-play goal from Landeskog at 18:57 to set up a harrowing finish.
Landeskog’s goal first appeared to be Wilson’s second of the game before the Colorado captain was credited with his 11th of the season. Wilson picked up an assist on the play.
Mike Smith got the win despite giving up five goals on 26 shots. He improved to 5-4-1.
Varlamov, who entered with a 1.62 goals-against average and .950 save percentage, made 31 saves. The five goals he allowed in the third period came on just 11 shots.
Calgary was controlling the game, outshooting the Avs 17-4, when a stray pass from Giordano resulted in Kamenev breaking up the ice on a short-handed 2-on-1 and scoring his first career goal.
Less than two minutes later, Dries got his first NHL goal, when his rebound banked off the skate of Rasmus Andersson in the slot and went into the net.
NOTES: Monahan extended his point streak to five games (two goals, six assists). … Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen has 21 points, tying the franchise record for October set by Joe Sakic in 1996.
Avalanche: At the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.
Flames: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.
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