Ramo key in Flames victory over the Islanders in Regina
CALGARY, AB -- In his post-game media address in Regina, SK on Tuesday night, Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley could pinpoint the turning point in his team's 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders.
Who gets the credit for the play that shifted things in the Flames direction? Netminder Karri Ramo.
"It's 1-1 in the game and the big glove save that he made? Those are the saves that sometimes, they flip a game around. I think it did. Like, suddenly, whoop - it's 2-1 for us. It's a totally different game."
The glove save Hartley was referencing came in the second period when Matt Moulson streaked towards the net unimpeded and snapped off a shot in the slot that looked destined to find the back of the net. However, Ramo was able to snag it out of midair to keep the game even at one.
That stop produced the loudest cheers of game, as the approximate 4,100 people in attendance stood on their feet to salute the Finn for the outstanding save.
In total, Ramo made 21 stops in the win, many of which came in the third period when the Islanders were pressing hard to draw even with the Flames. He was pleased with his play and felt much better about his performance than he did on Saturday night in Edmonton, where he let in 4 goals on 17 shots.
"It's way better than my first game. It's a little bit easier to move on now, getting yourself into conditioning, playing full games.
"(I was) little bit more calm and let the puck come to me, not try too much. That was key."
The two goals he let allowed on Tuesday night came while the Islanders were on the power play and he had no chance on either shot. The first goal, coming off of John Tavares stick, came after Ramo made three great saves on Moulson and Colin MacDonald but he couldn't get a handle on a rebound and when it landed on Tavares' blade, he made no mistake and tossed it into the yawning cage.
"They got a lot of shots and we just didn't get it out," he explained. "They made a lot of good plays. I had one chance to freeze it but it slipped away and then they scored.
"Their first line is really good (on the) power play so you can't give them too many chances."
While he is satisfied with what he brought to the game against the Islanders, Ramo isn't letting himself get too relaxed. He is in the middle of a dog fight for the Flames starting gig and wants to be one getting the call on Oct. 3 in Washington in the Flames first game of the 2013-14 campaign.
"It's hockey. Things happen out there. You can't beat yourself too much. But you can't think too high of yourself too because then it's going to come back at you."