Flames' Ramo earns 1st NHL shutout, tops Carolina

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 13, 2014 at 9:42 pm •  Published: January 13, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Having lost three straight, the Calgary Flames were looking for something positive when they visited the Carolina Hurricanes.

Karri Ramo delivered just what they needed.

Ramo made 22 saves in his first NHL shutout, and Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan provided the offense in the Flames' 2-0 win over the Hurricanes on Monday night

The Flames snapped their skid and handed the Hurricanes their second straight shutout defeat.

"It was probably our best team effort of the season," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "We had quite a good first period, and I felt we pressured them and gained the momentum. Carolina came hard at us, and we did a great job."

Carolina's offense has been shut down for two games following a season-best, five-game winning streak. The Hurricanes failed to match Calgary's intensity at the start, and were shut out for the fourth time this season.

"We spent too much time in our own end," defenseman Brett Bellemore said. "We didn't get off to a good start and they kind of got a lucky bounce off a skate or something (on their goal)."

The Hurricanes now have a long wait before they host Florida on Saturday.

"We didn't have that extra jump," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "It's disappointing. We have four days ahead of us to sit on it. When you play teams like Calgary, it's going to be a game in the trenches.

"They got the lead, and once they did, they were able to sit back a little bit and defend."

Backland scored his seventh goal of the season for the Flames, who notched their second power-play tally in 26 chances. Backland gathered the puck in front after it bounced off the skate of Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak.



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