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Avalanche Vs. Flames Recap: Colorado Conquers Calgary, 4-1

The Colorado Avalanche's 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames may not end up helping them reach the 2012 NHL Playoffs, but it will certainly help the team feel confident heading into its upcoming game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets with the eighth seed still within reach, however faintly.

The Avs' Mark Oliver scored the game's first goal just over three minutes into the game, and Colorado never looked back, not allowing the Flames to score until there was less than a minute left in the game. Oliver's goal— his fourth of the season— came unassisted, and it was followed a little over seven minutes later by David Jones, whose 19th goal of the season came thanks to help from Erik Johnson and Gabriel Landeskog.

Milan Hejduk lit the lamp for the 14th time this season to give the Avs a 3-0 lead in the second period, with Johnson and Landeskog both once again tallied an assist each on the goal. The third period was quiet until Jerome Iginla scored his 32nd goal of the season with 38 seconds left in the game. Colorado got that goal back quickly, though, when Peter Mueller scored his seventh goal of the season thanks to an empty net.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Flames blog Matchsticks and Gasoline.