Butler scores in OT, Flames edge Hurricanes 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2013 at 12:37 am •  Published: December 13, 2013
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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A tumultuous day for the Calgary Flames ended on a high note thanks to Chris Butler.

The defenseman scored his second goal of the season at 4:56 of overtime after Karri Ramo stopped Jeff Skinner on a penalty shot late in the third period, giving the Flames a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.

Brian McGrattan also scored for Calgary and Paul Byron had two assists, hours after President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke fired Flames general manager Jay Feaster and assistant John Weisbrod.

"It was a tough morning. Obviously it's pretty surprising when Burkie comes down to the locker room and delivers that type of news," Butler said. "Jay has been such a good guy to all of us here. It's tough to see a guy like that let go. He's pretty responsible for bringing a lot of guys in. We certainly wish him the best and it was nice to get a win today."

Skinner tied it midway through the third but was denied by Ramo on a penalty shot with 5:25 left in regulation. Carolina fell to 0-1-2 on a four-game trip.

"Just trying to make the save, be big, and not give him very much to shoot at. I wanted to give a chance for our guys to win," Ramo said.

Byron crossed the Hurricanes blue line in overtime and curled back patiently before sending a pass across to Butler, who wristed a shot from 50 feet out that beat a screened Justin Peters.

"Paul did a great job, having great patience hanging onto the puck, and I just tried to be available there and really just throw a muffin on net," Butler said.

Peters said when Mikael Backlund crossed in front of him, he lost track of the puck.

"Just a mental lapse on my part. He went right through the line of the puck. I've got to do a better job of fighting to find it earlier, especially with that much time left," Peters said.

Both goalies played well. Ramo made 29 stops to improve to 5-5-1. Peters, making his fourth start in the last six games for the Hurricanes, had 27 saves but dropped to 6-8-2.

"A sour end to a great effort by our team, that's for sure," Peters said. "We played a solid game, came out strong in the third, took the play to them a lot."

Next, the Flames (12-15-4) head out on a five-game Eastern road swing that begins Saturday in Buffalo.

Calgary took a 1-0 lead into the third period, but for the third game in a row couldn't hold the advantage. Skinner scored at 11:10 after being set up by Tuomo Ruutu and Eric Staal.

It was a soft goal for Ramo to allow, coming on a 30-foot wrist shot that trickled through his pads.

Ramo got a chance to redeem himself less than 4 minutes later when Ladislav Smid's hook on Skinner during a breakaway resulted in a penalty shot.



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