The Flames put the brakes on a three game losing streak with a win against the lowly Colorado Avalanche who haven’t won a game in 20. The last time Calgary lost three games in a row it was 2010. Now, every point counts.

The Flames started the night in 9th place with 10 games remaining. At this point they, unfortunately, can’t afford to lose even a single game. It’s a stretch, but given the fact every time Western Division rivals play they win or play in three point games, it’s not out of the question.

Nobody expected a loss. Rather, given it was St. Patrick’s Day, a jovial mood in the Dome took over. Unlike the tepid crowd in the previous game against Phoenix, tonight the fans were happy to watch the game unfold from start to finish.

The Flames capitalized twice when they needed to, on the powerplay with a 5v3 advantage no less.

Iginla and Giordano scored for the Flames.

Notable returns included social pariah Ales Kotalik who scored the Flames’ 5th goal and had an assist in Gio’s goal.

Rene Bourque scored a crucial 3rd goal at the end of the first and also added an assist.

Calgary moves into 7th spot in the race for the 8th and final playoff spot. The downside is they are in the least two game s ahead of competing teams. Despite their torrid pace since December it’s looking really grim.

But anything can happen, and now is the time as ever to get behind the team and cheer them into the post-season.

Notes: Modin, Mikkelson, Carson, Morrison, Moss, all out as scratches or injuries. Langkow has begun practicing with contact with the team. He could make a return in the playoffs.