CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Maxime Talbot scored the tying goal and set up the go-ahead score 54 seconds later in the second period to propel the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday.
Colorado tied the game 1-1 by capitalizing on a mistake by Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo, who had played superb until that point.
Ramo was playing the puck behind the net, and his soft backhand pass intended for T.J. Brodie was intercepted by John Mitchell. Mitchell zipped a pass to Talbot who had an empty net to shoot at.
The goal at 18:00 was the first goal for Talbot in 16 games since being acquired Oct. 31 from the Philadelphia Flyers for Steve Downie.
Talbot made a terrific play on the same shift as the Avalanche took the lead for good.
He muscled defenseman Chris Butler off the puck with an aggressive forecheck and took the puck to the net, drawing Ramo toward him before sliding the puck to a wide open P.A. Parenteau, who made it 2-1.