Inside The Game: Flames vs. Hurricanes

Monday, 13.01.2014 / 10:14 PM / News
By Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)

GAME IN A MINUTE

CALGARY, AB -- Karri Ramo flipped the script on the Carolina Hurricanes, and in the process recorded his first shutout as a member of the Calgary Flames.

Ramo made 23 saves -- including 12 in the second period -- to lift the Flames to a 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Monday night.

It’s also Ramo’s first career NHL shutout and comes at a time where his team had previously been shut out in five of his team’s past eight contests. Ramo’s win also halts a three-game losing streak for the Flames.

His performance made Mikael Backlund’s goal at 15:26 of the second period hold up as the winner. On the power play, Backlund scored his second in as many games after banging home a rebound on Jiri Hudler’s initial shot.

Sean Monahan tacked on another midway through the third period, finishing up a nifty passing play created by TJ Galiardi and Paul Byron.

The pair of goals was all the Flames needed after Ramo was forced to make just six saves in the final 20 minutes.

GOAL OF THE GAME

After taking a pass from Galiardi off the rush, Byron then fed Monahan, who buried his 13th of the season into a virtually empty net to give the Flames a 2-0 lead at 9:36 of the third period.

SAVE OF THE GAME

After Patrick Dwyer slashed his way through the Flames zone and around the net, he found Jordan Staal parked to the right of Ramo, who one-timed the pass but couldn’t get it by the goaltender’s pad a minute before Monahan’s marker.

TURNING POINT

Monahan’s goal midway through the third period took the wind out of Carolina's sails gave the Flames an extra cushion they wouldn’t need.

STAT OF THE GAME

Three players had four hits each for the Flames against the Hurricanes, including Ladislav Smid, Lance Bouma and Lee Stempniak.

LINEUP NOTES

Mike Cammalleri (concussion), David Jones (eye) and Derek Smith were scratched for the Flames. Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain), Blair Jones (torn meniscus) and Kris Russell (MCL sprain) all missed the game due to injury.

COMING UP

The Flames have little time to rest on their win in Carolina. The team heads off the Nashville to challenge the Predators on Tuesday (6 p.m MT, SNET-W, Sportsnet 960 The Fan).