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Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan and Colorado Avalanche left wing Mikkel Boedker battle for the puck in front of Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA Today Sports)
Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan and Colorado Avalanche left wing Mikkel Boedker battle for the puck in front of Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA Today Sports)

Boedker’s shootout goal lifs Avalanche over Flames Add to ...

Mikkel Boedker scored the only goal of the shootout Friday night to give the Colorado Avalanche a 4-3 comeback win over the Calgary Flames.

As the second shooter for Colorado, Boedker made a nifty deke to beat Joni Ortio. That left it up to Semyon Varlamov and he ended it with a stop on Sean Monahan.

Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie and Carl Soderberg scored in regulation for Colorado (37-31-4). The Avalanche move three points ahead of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Wild hold a game in hand.

Matt Stajan, Mark Giordano and Freddie Hamilton scored for Calgary (30-35-6). The Flames finish 3-1-2 on their season-long six-game homestand and open a three-game road trip in Montreal on Sunday.

Down 3-2 in the third period, Colorado tied it at 9:09 when, from a mad scramble in front of the net, Soderberg found the loose puck and banged in his 12th.

The first penalty of the game didn’t come until 4:36 of the second period when Deryk Engelland was sent off for delay of game. But with the game tied 1-1 at the time, it would turn out to be an eventful penalty kill.

Giordano gave the Flames the lead at 5:17, firing his 19th past Varlamov after being set up neatly by Josh Jooris.

The second assist went to Lance Bouma, who remained on the ice off the next faceoff and 30 seconds later, set up Freddie Hamilton’s first of the season.

After scoring only two short-handed goals in the season’s first 67 games, the Flames 30th-ranked penalty kill have erupted for five in the last three games.

The Avalanche made it 3-2 at 8:33 of the second when Barrie’s shot deflected in off the leg of Giordano.

Calgary opened the scoring at 9:20 of the first when Jyrki Jokipakka’s shot deflected in off Stajan’s skate. It was his first goal in 30 games, dating back to Jan. 5.

Colorado answered back at 17:19 when Boedker set up Johnson.

Boedker has six points (three goals, three assists) in eight games since joining Colorado from Arizona at the trade deadline.

Ortio had 25 stops to fall to 4-7-3. Varlamov had 30 saves to improve to 25-18-3.

Colorado lost defenceman Eric Gelinas (shoulder) in the second period.

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