Sports Rittich makes 24 saves for first NHL win, Flames top Avs 3-2

09:54  26 november  2017
09:54  26 november  2017 Source:   MSN

Gaudreau extends point streak to 10 as Flames beat Capitals

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DENVER — Micheal Ferland and Mikael Backlund scored in the final minute of the second period to help rookie goalie David Rittich get his first NHL victory in the Calgary Flames ’ 3 - 2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

DENVER (AP) — David Rittich was happy to help the Calgary Flames end their road trip on a high note. His teammates were happier that the rookie goaltender notched his first NHL win . Rittich stopped 24 shots

David Rittich of the Calgary Flames© Brad Watson David Rittich of the Calgary Flames DENVER - Micheal Ferland and Mikael Backlund scored in the final minute of the second period to help rookie goalie David Rittich get his first NHL victory in the Calgary Flames' 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Dougie Hamilton also scored, and Backlund added an assist for the Flames.

Rittich had 24 saves in his season debut for Calgary. He logged just 20 NHL minutes in spot duty for the Flames last season.

Nikita Zadorov and Mikko Rantanen scored for the Avalanche, and Jonathan Bernier stopped 25 shots.

Rantanen tied at 14:32 of the second period, but his turnover in the final minute led to Calgary's tiebreaking goal. Ferland, who hit the crossbar in the opening minutes of the game, picked up the loose puck and beat Bernier with a high shot close in at 19:09. It was his 10th goal of the season. Backlund made it 3-1 with his sixth goal off of a rebound 22 seconds later.

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DENVER — Micheal Ferland and Mikael Backlund scored in the final minute of the second period to help rookie goalie David Rittich get his first NHL victory in the Calgary Flames ' 3 - 2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Calgary Flames goalie David Rittich makes a glove- save of a shot in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Denver. Photo: David Zalubowski, AP.

The Avalanche have been dominant at home, losing just once in regulation in the first nine games. Their only other loss, in overtime to Ottawa, happened in Sweden on Nov. 10 when the teams were there as part of the NHL Global Series.

They couldn't solve Rittich. He had 11 saves in the second period when Colorado outshot the Flames 12-6.

He made a big save on Carl Soderberg late in the third but Zadorov made it a one-goal game with his second at 17:06. Bernier came off for an extra skater with 1:25 left but the Avalanche couldn't tie it.

NOTES: Avalanche G Semyon Varlamov missed his fourth straight game. Varlamov hasn't played since Nov. 18 at Nashville because of an illness. He didn't make the one-game trip to Minnesota on Friday but has been skated. ... Calgary's top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Ferland have combined for 35 of the team's 69 goals this season. ... The Avalanche failed to score at least three goals at home for the first time this season.

UP NEXT

Flames: Host Toronto on Tuesday night.

Avalanche: Host Winnipeg on Wednesday night.

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