- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Mikkel Boedker has been everything the Colorado Avalanche was hoping for.

The trade deadline acquisition scored the only goal of the shootout and the Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Friday night.

As the second shooter for Colorado, Boedker made a nifty deke to beat Joni Ortio. That left it up to goalie Semyon Varlamov, and he ended it with a stop on Sean Monahan. Varlamov made 30 saves.

“Just coming in with speed and hoping the goaltender bites on your fake shot and brought it to the backhand,” Boedker said. “It was one of those things that felt really good and it’s going to go a long way confidence wise.”

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

“We knew he was going to help our power play, I think we knew he was going to help our team speed. We’re a fast team as it was, but he’s really fit in well,” said Erik Johnson, whose first-period goal was set up by Boedker.

On Wednesday, Boedker had the tying and winning goals against Vancouver.

“Scored a big one against Vancouver, scored another big one here tonight,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “It’s a good addition for our team.”

Tyson Barrie and Carl Soderberg also scored for Colorado. The Avalanche move three points ahead of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Wild have a game in hand.

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

“A real gutsy effort,” Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. “I really liked our energy. I felt this homestand, we played some very good games.”

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 Calgary’s Deryk Engelland was sent off for delay of game.

Giordano gave the Flames the lead at 5:17 with a short-handed goal, 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 for the next faceoff, and 30 seconds later, he 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 Giordano’s leg.

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.

Ortio had 25 saves.

Colorado lost defenseman Eric Gelinas to injury in the second period.

“He hurt his elbow when he got hit,” Roy said. “He’s going to be out for a while.”

NOTES: The Flames record for least time between short-handed goals is 4 seconds (Doug Gilmour, Paul Ranheim) on Oct. 17 1989. … TJ Brodie (41 points) and Giordano (48 points) both tied their career highs. … Brodie (upper body) returned after missing three games. … Matt Duchene (knee) did not play for Colorado. Serving the final game of a three-game suspension was Gabriel Landeskog. … Jokipakka played in his 100th NHL game.

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