With Foote on Hand, Avalanche Beat Flames

Stastny's assist and winning goal snag Colorado 3-2 OT victory
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2008 3:57 AM CST
Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, from Finland, lets in a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche in Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/The...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Adam Foote didn't get any points in last night's 3-2 defeat of the Flames, but the former and once again current Avalanche boosted team spirits just by taking the ice, reports the Rocky Mountain News. "You could see the smiles on everyone's faces," said coach Joel Quenneville. They may have been happier about Paul Stastny's game-winning overtime goal, though.

After assisting on Milan Hejduk's tying goal with six minutes remaining in regulation, Stastny made a power-play goal of his own to secure the win. The Avalanche now trail just two points behind Nashville in the race for the final Western Conference playoff slot, and hope that their pre-deadline trading frenzy will provide a critical boost.