They got just a little over antsy. It looked like a guy just got caught. If it goes the other way, if we’re down in their end and control the zone and they go down and score 2-on-1 it stings. It was a huge goal. - David Jones
CALGARY, AB -- At one end, a sprawling stick save on a wraparound attempt from Gabriel Landeskog was denied by Karri Ramo. At the other end, David Jones wasn’t.
It was the difference.
“That’s definitely brings the air out of their sails a little bit,” David Jones said. “They were buzzing on that shift. They got just a little over antsy. It looked like a guy just got caught. If it goes the other way, if we’re down in their end and control the zone and they go down and score 2-on-1 it stings. It was a huge goal.”
Hemmed in their own end, the Calgary Flames used Ramo’s timely save to help exit the zone before Lance Bouma fed Jones, who converted his 13th goal of the year by sending a shot by the glove of Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov to open the scoring and, in part, dump the visiting Avalanche 3-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday..
The save-goal combination might’ve been a two-score swing for the Flames.
It also helped Calgary stay ahead of the Los Angeles Kings and in third in the Pacific Division. At 86 points, the Flames hold a two-point cushion over the Kings, who hold one game in hand. Calgary's remaining nine regular-season games are against Western Conference opponents, including five against teams that are within eight points of the Flames.
The cushion comes thanks in large part to a pair of plays at either end.
“That was huge,” Bouma said. “It could have been a whole different game if he doesn't make that save there. There were a few saves tonight where he was huge. He was on and he's been on for a while here. It's great having a goalie back there that can do that.”
In all, Ramo made 25 saves.
His biggest, though, Ramo isn’t even sure he got credit for.
“I was pretty sure that the shot guy didn't credit a shot on that save,” he said. “But I'm pretty sure if my stick is not there, the puck is in.
“Obviously, it was early. It got us going — that goal. It's a tough team and they're skilled players and they always get something, even when we're not giving anything. They are finding ways to make plays, and I was fortunate enough to get a stick on that, but I didn't get a save.”
The save was big.
So too was Jones' goal, the first generated by anyone not residing on Calgary's top line in three games.
That depth scoring, from both Jones and Bouma, is big down the stretch.
“I think with me and [Bouma], they want us to finish our checks and get in there on the forecheck. As a result we’re going to create chances,” Jones said. “It’s important to try to finish them. We haven’t been doing enough of that. That first line has had a heavy load all season and have been great for us.
“We’re going to need other guys to step up. It’s a challenge. We didn’t change the way we’re playing. We were just fortunate to get some chances.”