Flames find form to blank Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. — Having lost three straight, the Flames were looking for something positive when they visited the Hurricanes.

Karri Ramo delivered just what they needed.

Ramo, a former Lightning goalie, made 22 saves in his first NHL shutout, and Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan provided the offense in Calgary's 2-0 win Monday over Carolina.

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 after a season-best five-game winning streak.

"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 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.

Ramo improved to 8-8-3 as the Flames swept the two-game season games from Carolina. It was Calgary's first shutout in 117 games.

Game highlights: The Jets made new coach Paul Maurice a winner in his debut by routing the visiting Coyotes 5-1. Olli Jokinen, Eric O'Dell, Blake Wheeler, Michael Frolik and Devin Setoguchi scored for Winnipeg, which held a 38-19 shots advantage. Maurice got his first cheer during the national anthem when his face showed on the scoreboard. He took over after Claude Noel was fired Sunday, ending his 21/2 years as the first coach of the Jets after the franchise relocated from Atlanta.

Obituary: Longtime scout Jack Gardiner, who had been with the Sharks since 2004, died Sunday from cancer, the team said. He was 69.

Flames 0 1 1 2
at Hurricanes 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesSemin, Car (slashing), 7:33; Byron, Cal (interference), 9:36.

Second Period1, Calgary, Backlund 7 (Hudler, Wideman), 15:26 (pp). PenaltiesO'Brien, Cal (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:18; Bellemore, Car (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:18; Dwyer, Car (hooking), 14:45.

Third Period2, Calgary, Monahan 13 (Byron, Galiardi), 9:36. PenaltiesSemin, Car (interference), 18:51. Shots on GoalCalgary 14-6-9—29. Carolina 5-12-6—23. Power-play opportunitiesCalgary 1 of 3; Carolina 0 of 1. GoaliesCalgary, Ramo 8-8-3 (23 shots-23 saves). Carolina, Khudobin 6-2-0 (29-27). A15,276 (18,680). T2:19. Referees—Wes McCauley, Kyle Rehman. LinesmenDavid Brisebois, John Grandt.

at Jets 2 1 2 5
Coyotes 1 0 0 1

First Period1, Phoenix, Ekman-Larsson 5 (Boedker, Doan), 12:16 (pp). 2, Winnipeg, Jokinen 12 (Byfuglien), 12:52. 3, Winnipeg, O'Dell 2, 18:00. PenaltiesDoan, Pho (interference), 5:31; Ribeiro, Pho (roughing), 8:35; Stuart, Wpg (holding stick), 11:27; Vermette, Pho (hooking), 14:23; Yandle, Pho (hooking), 18:20.

Second Period4, Winnipeg, Wheeler 17 (Scheifele), 8:49. PenaltiesBissonnette, Pho, major (fighting), 2:17; Peluso, Wpg, major (fighting), 2:17; Bissonnette, Pho (high-sticking), 9:51; Trouba, Wpg (tripping), 9:51; Jokinen, Wpg (cross-checking), 18:36.

Third Period5, Winnipeg, Frolik 10 (Pardy, Little), 4:18. 6, Winnipeg, Setoguchi 8 (Byfuglien, Enstrom), 9:34 (pp). PenaltiesHanzal, Pho (slashing), 4:55; Wheeler, Wpg (slashing), 4:55; Morris, Pho, served by Klinkhammer, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 5:33; Ladd, Wpg, major (fighting), 5:33; Stone, Pho (tripping), 9:07; Korpikoski, Pho (tripping), 10:01; Phoenix bench, served by Yandle (abusive language), 16:16. Shots on GoalPhoenix 7-6-6—19. Winnipeg 12-13-13—38. Power-play opportunitiesPhoenix 1 of 2; Winnipeg 1 of 8. GoaliesPhoenix, Smith 15-12-8 (38 shots-33 saves). Winnipeg, Pavelec 12-19-4 (19-18). A15,004 (15,004). T2:29. Referees—Mike Hasenfratz, Chris Lee. LinesmenLonnie Cameron, Scott Cherrey.

Flames find form to blank Hurricanes 01/13/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 13, 2014 11:56pm]

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