Flames get first win of the season against Avalanche in 4-1 victory

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CALGARY - Owen Nolan scored twice, including an empty-net goal, to lead the Calgary Flames to their first win of the season over the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1.

The Flames had lost their three previous meetings this season to their Northwest-Division rivals. "We can't afford to keep giving that team points," Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr said. "We're chasing them down in the standings right now. It's important for us to provide them with nothing."

Calgary (9-9-3) got the win despite mustering only 15 shots on Avs goaltender Jose Theodore.

Jarome Iginla and David Moss, with his first of the season, also scored for the Flames. Goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff stopped 20 of 21 shots.

Marek Svatos replied for the Avs (11-8-1), who lost their third straight on their current four-game road trip.

"I thought across the board everybody worked hard and did what we wanted to do as far as everybody contributing from shift to shift," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "I think we've got to build off today and get excited about the next game because if you do those things right you'll generally come up with something."

Colorado continues to rotate Theodore and Peter Budaj in net and Theodore made 12 saves Tuesday.

Colorado's power play on the road is the second-worst in the league. The Avs were held scoreless on five chances a man up, including three in the first period, and managed only three shots.

Calgary didn't score on two power-play opportunities and had only three shots on goal in the opening period.

Nolan, signed as a free-agent over the summer, didn't score his first goal for the Flames until Nov. 8, but now has four in his last six games.

"I don't think I'm really doing much different but the puck's going in," the veteran winger said.

Daymond Langkow fed Moss from the boards and he tapped the puck past Theodore's glove at 15:51 of the third period to make it 3-1 for Flames.

Iginla's goal at 10:49 of the second period put his team up 2-1. He beat Theodore low glove side on a pass through traffic from Matthew Lombardi.

Svatos beat Kiprusoff high glove side on a feed from Paul Stastny to give Colorado a 1-0 lead at 1:54 of the second period, but Nolan tied the game eight seconds later.

Theodore got a piece of his Nolan's slapshot from his left faceoff circle, but not enough to stop it from trickling across the goal line.

Colorado is in Edmonton and the Flames host Chicago on Thursday before the Avs and Flames meet again Saturday in Denver.

Notes: Calgary's Mark Smith was in the lineup for injured Marcus Nilson (concussion). ... Colorado called up forward Cody McCormick from the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters and sent defenceman Jeff Jillson to the AHL. ... Avalanche defenceman Karlis Skrastins was activated after missing 12 games with a shoulder injury.



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