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[January 14, 2014]
RALEIGH, N.C. —
Flames 2, Hurricanes 0: Mikael
Backlund scored a power-play goal and Karri Ramo posted his first career
shutout as visiting Calgary halted its three-game losing streak.
Rookie Sean Monahan also tallied for the Flames, who scored a
total of one goal during their skid. Ramo finished with 23 saves —
including 12 in the second period — as Calgary registered its first
shutout of the season after being blanked five times in its previous
Anton Khudobin stopped 27 shots for the Hurricanes, who have
suffered consecutive regulation losses for the first time since Nov.
29-Dec. 1. Carolina welcomed back captain Eric Staal, who had missed
three games with a lower-body injury.
After a scoreless first period, Backlund gave Calgary the lead with
4:34 remaining in the second. Jiri Hudler's cross-slot pass attempt
from the right faceoff circle went off a defender's skate and on
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Khudobin made the save, but Backlund jammed home the rebound
for his seventh goal. Monahan doubled the advantage at 9:36 of
the third, accepting a cross-slot feed from Paul Byron and
beating Khudobin from the right circle.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Flames were without C Mike Cammalleri, who
suffered a concussion in Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh. ...
Monahan's goal was his 13th of the season, tying him with
Cammalleri for the team lead. ... In addition to Staal, Carolina
had Cs Jiri Tlusty and Riley Nash back in the lineup. Tlusty
missed eight games following an appendectomy, and Nash sat out
five contests with a lower-body injury.
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