What's Buzzing:
34-38-7
1 -
Team 1 2 3
CGY 0 0 1
NJ 0 0 0
0
34-29-16

Ramo makes 31 saves as Flames edge Devils 1-0

AP - Sports
Ramo makes 31 saves as Flames edge Devils 1-0
.

View gallery

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- For seven years, Miikka Kiprusoff was a constant in net for the Calgary Flames. Karri Ramo might be the next in line.

Ramo made 31 saves to record his second NHL shutout and Mark Giordano scored the only goal as the Flames topped the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Monday night.

''He reminds me of (Kiprusoff),'' Giordano said of Ramo. ''His style is similar. They're quick guys. We really have a lot of confidence in our goaltending.''

Calgary improved to 34-38-7 overall, including 16-20-4 on the road this season.

''It's just a hard-working group,'' Flames coach Bob Hartley said. ''We're going to fight until the last second. I love this group.''

Cory Schneider stopped 21 of 22 shots for New Jersey, which fell to 34-29-16. New Jersey's loss also allowed the New York Rangers to clinch a playoff berth.

Both Calgary and the Devils have three games remaining this season. The Devils are three points behind Columbus for the last playoff spot in the East.

''In my opinion, I think we're going to get one more chance (to make the playoffs),'' New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr said. ''It's too strange to finish like that. You've got to believe. It wouldn't make any sense to finish like that. We dominated. Just keep the faith and I think we're going to get one more chance in my opinion.

''We'll see if I'm right or wrong.''

Neither the Flames nor Devils scored until Giordano's power-play goal 23 seconds into the third as both teams were unable to take advantage of opportunities.

Giordano's goal, his 14th of the season, was a one-timer off a feed from Jiri Hudler.

''You like those (passes),'' Giordano said. ''Rolling pucks, goalies have (a tough time) picking it up (and) I picked it up pretty (well).''

While Giordano celebrated his good fortune, the Devils lamented their misfortune.

The Devils outshot Calgary 22-16 through two periods, and finished with a 31-22 advantage. New Jersey also did not allow the Flames a shot on goal in a 15-minute span between the first and second periods.

''(We) had chances and opportunities and didn't stick it in the back of the net,'' Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. ''A common theme, (we) don't score easily and we hadn't all year. We're at mercy of games like this where margin of error is very small. I thought defensively we were very good, but when you can't score it's hard to win.''

New Jersey had a goal disallowed with 1:26 left in the first, as referee Brad Watson waved off what would have been a game-opening score by Ryan Carter. The ruling was upheld by a video review by the NHL in Toronto. Replays showed Carter kicked the puck, but it was inconclusive whether the Devils left wing was able to get his stick on it before it rolled under Ramo.

''I saw it off my foot and between the goaltender's pads, I got a piece of it (with my stick) and that's what propelled it in,'' Carter said. ''I don't think (the review in Toronto is) how I saw it. That's how it was.''

Calgary was unable to convert on four power plays in the first two periods, and rookie left wing Kenny Agostino's semi-breakaway with 1:34 left in the second was sticked away by Schneider. The play began as New Jersey right wing Tuomo Ruutu committed a turnover in the offensive zone, and ended with Devils defenseman Jon Merrill committing a slashing minor as he tried to affect the shot attempt.

''It's a great learning experience for them,'' Hartley said of the Flames rookies, who have had to play at even strength and on specialty teams this season. ''Kenny had a good game.

''I felt he generated scoring chances out there.''

Merrill's slash led directly to Giordano's goal. Calgary finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while New Jersey was 0-for-3.

NOTES: The game marked the first time Agostino played as a professional in New Jersey. Agostino, who grew up a half-hour away from the Prudential Center, was traded from Pittsburgh to Calgary along with right wing Ben Hanowski and the Penguins' 2013 first round pick last March for Jarome Iginla. ''It's going to be a cool experience,'' Agostino said before the game. ''It's a building I've seen a lot of games in, so it's going to be fun.'' Agostino estimated he had a cheering section of at least ''40.'' ... The Devils did not have defenseman Bryce Salvador, left wings Ryane Clowe and Patrik Elias, and centers Adam Henrique and Jacob Josefson due to injuries. ... The announced attendance was 14,297.

View Comments (7)
  • N.L. junior hockey player injured in Signal Hill fall

    A Marystown-born junior hockey player received multiple injuries when he fell from a cliff on Signal Hill last weekend. 19-year-old Andrew Picco was the man who fell from Signal Hill early Sunday morning. Firefighters told CBC News that Picco was … More »

    CBC - 6 hours ago
  • SportsFlash - Tuesday June 28, 2016 Evening Edition

    SportsFlash - Tuesday June 28, 2016 Evening Edition

    Yahoo Sports presents a quick recap of the evening's top stories including the No. 1 golfer in the world dropping out of the Olympics, an NFL legend wins a video game lawsuit and the Canucks are fined for tampering. … More »

    Yahoo Sports Videos - 6 hours ago
  • D Kulikov excited to join Sabres

    Dmitry Kulikov was initially excited upon learning the Florida Panthers had acquired and then signed free-agent defenseman Keith Yandle to a long-term contract last week. Little did Kulikov realize that Yandle's addition would lead to him being the … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 hours ago
  • Peers recruiting Coyotes' 1st round pick Clayton Keller to BU, OHL

    Peers recruiting Coyotes' 1st round pick Clayton Keller to BU, OHL

    For Clayton Keller, being drafted in the NHL was the easy part. The hard part is choosing where he'll continue to develop in the fall. … More »

    Buzzing The Net - 8 hours ago
  • Avalanche place D Stuart on waivers

    A person with direct knowledge of the decision has confirmed to The Associated Press that the Colorado Avalanche have placed veteran defenseman Brad Stuart on waivers with the intention of buying out the final year of his contract. The person spoke … More »

    AP - Sports - 9 hours ago