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Colorado Avalanche Vs. Calgary Flames: Avalanche Cannot Overcome Early Deficit, Lose 4-3

The Colorado Avalanche entered the third period needing three goals to tie the Calgary Flames, and just 26 seconds into the period, Matt Duchene delivered on a 16-foot wrister. Unfortunately, their comeback effort fell short, and the Avalanche could not overcome their early game deficit.

With the deficit reduced to 4-2, David Jones (15:28) scored on a tip in, assisted by Ryan O'Reilly and Ryan Wilson, suddenly putting the game at 4-3, but the Avalanche could not find the net again despite emptying their own, losing with a final score of 4-3.

After out-shooting the Flames in the first period and the second period, Colorado again stayed aggressive around the Calgary net, firing 16 third-period shots to the Flames' 4. In total, Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff defended 39 shots for a .923 save percentage on the night.

Colorado's goalie, Semyon Varlamov had a rough beginning to the game, allowing four goals quickly to the typically low-scoring Flames offense. Varlmov finished the night with an .800 save percentage before the Avalanche went empty net for the final few minutes.

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