CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames struck early, but the Colorado Avalanche struck quickly.
One night after suffering an 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers, the Avalanche bounced back to take a 3-2 win over the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.
After Kris Russell staked Calgary to a 1-0 lead 7:01 into the first period, the Avalanche beat Karri Ramo twice in a 54 second span to close out the second.
After a turnover behind the Flames net, John Mitchell centered the puck to Maxime Talbot, who found the back of the net at the 18-minute mark of the middle frame before Ramo had a chance to get back into the net. Talbot found PA Parenteau in the slot at 18:54 to swing a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead in under a minute.
Nathan MacKinnon, the top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, put the Avalanche up two 2:28 in the third. After gaining the Calgary zone, MacKinnon dropped a pass to Gabriel Landeskog, circled the net and buried a rebound behind Ramo for a 3-1 lead.
The Flames pushed back late.
With the net empty, Mike Cammalleri fed a cross-crease pass that Matt Stajan tapped behind Jean-Sebastien Giguere to pull the Flames within one.
Calgary couldn’t get another across the line, though, snapping their two-game winning streak in the loss.
GOAL OF THE GAME
On the power play in the first period, Russell’s rocket beat Giguere through a screen to put the Flames up 1-0 7:01 into the game.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Landeskog’s wrap around attempt in the first minute of the second period was kicked away by Ramo’s left pad, temporarily preserving Calgary’s 1-0 lead.
Colorado struck twice in a 54-second span late in the second period to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead. MacKinnon gave Colorado a two-goal edge that stood as the eventual winner.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“He said I can look you right in the eyes and tell you that is not a hooking call, so I said ‘Keep looking at me’.”
-Bob Hartley on the referee’s take of not calling a hook on Sven Baertschi in the second period
STAT OF THE GAME
Defenseman Derek Smith, who centered the fourth line against Colorado, went 2-for-3 in the faceoff circle on Friday night.
Christopher Breen and Joe Colborne (illness) were scratched against the Avalanche. Brian McGrattan (undisclosed), Dennis Wideman (hand), Sean Monahan (foot) and Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames immediately head to Edmonton to tackle the Oilers in the Battle of Alberta Saturday (8 p.m. MT, CBC).