Karri Ramo earned his first career NHL shut-out tonight as the Calgary Flames beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0. Calgary center Mikael Backlund scored the eventual game winner in the second on a power play. The goal marks the first time this season he has scored in consecutive games. Sean Monahan added the clincher in the third and that goal moved him to third among NHL rookies with 13.
Carolina has now been shut out 2 consecutive games. The first time that has happened since the 11-12 season. Carolina, who struggled early in the season to find the net had gotten hot of late scoring 20 goals in their last five games. Friday night in Columbus the Hurricanes, who played well, ran into Sergei Bobrovsky. Tonight they made Karri Ramo look like Sergei Bobrovsky.
The Hurricane offense never got on track against a Calgary team struggling to score goals. How badly have they struggled? On the power play with less than two minutes remaining Carolina pulled goalie Anton Khubodin to even the skaters. Calgary had three wide open looks at an empty net and completely missed two and one went off the post.
Carolina now has four days off before back-to-back home games against Florida and Tampa.