CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Maxime Talbot finally got his name on the score sheet as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.
Talbot scored the tying goal and set up the go-ahead score 54 seconds later in the second period to propel the Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday.
It was Talbot's first goal in 16 games with the Avalanche since being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 31 for forward Steve Downie.
"It's about time. I waited a lot of games for this," Talbot said. "After this goal, you have 50 pounds off your shoulders."
Colorado tied the game 1-all by capitalizing on a mistake by Calgary goalie Karri Ramo, who had been 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. He zipped a pass to Talbot who had an empty net to shoot at with 2 minutes left in the period.
"I just played it to the wrong side. I should have played it to the backhand," Ramo said. "They got momentum and scored three goals, so it was a big game-changing moment there."
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 a pass to a wide-open P.A. Parenteau, who made it 2-1.
"Even if you take away the goal and the assist from my game tonight, that's the best I've felt with the Avs," Talbot said. "I had good legs, I was strong on the forecheck. I may not score every night, but being first on pucks is what I should be doing and tonight I was doing it, so it feels good and I need to keep building on that."
Talbot plays an integral role for Colorado regardless of whether he's scoring or not.
"I'm so happy for Max. When you score, you feel such relief," coach Patrick Roy said. "He's been playing hard. He's been playing big minutes for us, penalty killing — that line tonight was really good."
Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon scored his sixth goal to round out the scoring for Colorado, which bounced back after getting routed 8-2 on Thursday night in Edmonton.
"It was really important. We talked about it this morning as a team, about learning from the game last night and putting it behind us, and that's exactly what we did," Talbot said.
Kris Russell and Matt Stajan scored for Calgary, which had won two straight.
"It's a disappointing loss," captain Mark Giordano said. "We weren't moving like we were in the first and they capitalized on some breakdowns. We've got to find a way not to give up those close goals."