RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – 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.”
Kings 1, Canucks 0
In Los Angeles, Jonathan Quick made 28 saves in his 27th NHL shutout, Dustin Brown scored early in the third period, and the Kings claimed their fourth win over the Canucks this season.
Blue Jackets 3, Lightning 2
In Columbus, Mark Letestu redirected Jack Johnson’s shot from the point with 2:38 left and the Blue Jackets beat the Lightning.
Jets 5, Coyotes 1
In Winnipeg, the Jets found the energy they have lacked for weeks and made new coach Paul Maurice a winner in his debut behind the bench by routing Phoenix.