A clearing miscue by goaltender Karri Ramo quickly turned the fortunes of the Colorado Avalanche.
The Calgary Flames goaltender misplayed a puck behind his net late in the second period allowing John Mitchell to feed Maxime Talbot in front to tie the game 1-1. Just 54 seconds later, Talbot found PA Parenteau in the slot to quickly put the Avalanche up.
Riding momentum, Colorado added another early in the third period off the stick of Nathan MacKinnon.
“I just played it to the wrong side,” Ramo said of the first goal. “I should have played it to the backhand. They got momentum and scored three goals, so it was a big game-changing moment there.
“It's hockey. Mistakes cost goals. My overall game was all right, but those mistakes are what counts and I have to avoid those.”
But Ramo’s teammates weren’t willing to hang the loss on their 27-year-old netminder.
“He has been amazing for us, I thought the last few games,” Ladislav Smid said. “Colorado had so many other chances and he was really, really good for us. He doesn't have to blame himself. There's another five players that have to help him.”
Ramo, who was in net for back-to-back wins entering the contest against Colorado, finished the night with 22 saves.
NON-CALL IRKS HARTLEY
Sprung in alone by Blair Jones in the second period, Sven Baertschi appeared to be hauled down by Erik Johnson before getting a shot off.
There was no call on the play, prompting coach Bob Hartley to discuss the play with referees.
“He said, I can look you right in the eyes and say that was definitely not a hooking call,” Hartley said. “So I said, keep looking at me.”
The Flames trek to Edmonton to take on the Oilers in the Battle of Alberta on Saturday (8 p.m. MT, CBC).