AVALANCHE 4, FLAMES 1: Semyon Varlamov turned aside 38 shots as Colorado snapped a four-game losing skid and nearly crippled Calgary's postseason aspirations.
David Jones, Peter Mueller, Mark Olver and captain Milan Hejduk scored and rookie Gabriel Landeskog and defenseman Erik Johnson notched a pair of assists for the Avalanche, who moved to within one point of eighth place in the Western Conference. Colorado, however, has just two games remaining on its schedule.
Captain Jarome Iginla spoiled Varlamov's bid for his fifth shutout of the season by scoring with 38 seconds remaining in the third period. It was Iginla's first tally in eight games and the first for Calgary in 139 minutes, 50 seconds.
Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 20 saves for the Flames, who fell to 1-4-3 in their last eight games and reside four points out of eighth place.
Olver opened the scoring 3:21 into the first period after his shot caromed off Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester's stick and past Kiprusoff.
Jones doubled the advantage midway through the session after redirecting Johnson's shot from the blue line past Kiprusoff for his 19th tally.
Hejduk provided insurance midway through the second period and Varlamov did the rest to preserve the win.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Varlamov improved to 11-5-1 in his last 17 starts. ... Prior to Friday's tilt, Colorado hadn't won since posting a 2-1 overtime triumph over Calgary on March 20. The victory also snapped the Avalanche's nine-game slide to the Flames in the series. ... Calgary has scored two or fewer goals in six of its last seven contests.