The Calgary Flames, paradoxically, shutout the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of 2-0.
For Carolina, Eric Staal was sidelined with a lower body injury for three games before returning to the line-up tonight. On the Flames roster, Mike Cammalleri was out with a concussion. From what Roger Millions explained pre-game, Cammalleri’s concussion may have come from a hit from Tanner Glass during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. In place of Cammalleri, Mikael Backlund wore the “A” for the Flames.
The first period was solid for the Flames on both ends. The shots on net were 14-5 for Calgary but they just couldn’t get one past Anton Khudobin in the first frame.
The game remained scoreless until Alexander Semin took a slashing penalty. On the powerplay, Backlund pushed hard against the Hurricanes defense and got one through to make the score 1-0 in the second period. Shots on goal remained in the Flames favor at 21-17.
The third period was when the beauty goal of the game was scored. It was the perfect example of how to set up and execute a play. T.J. Galiardi got the puck in the Flames end, carried it down the ice and passed to Paul Byron. Byron took his time and then passed to Sean Monahan, who scored the Flames second goal of the night. Total shots on net were 29-23 for Calgary and the final score was 2-0.
My 1 Star
Karri Ramo. With 23 saves and his first shutout, Rebound Ramo made 23 great saves against Carolina, including some highlight rebound saves. Congrats Ramo!
The Flames are back in action again tomorrow night when they take on the Nashville Predators.