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Flames defeat Lightning 3-1 on Tuesday

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Karri Ramo made 30 saves, and Mark Giordano had two assists to help the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Matt Stajan, David Jones and Lance Bouma scored for the Flames (19-18-2), who have won two in a row.

Steven Stamkos scored late in the third period to spoil Ramo's shutout bid, and Ben Bishop made 21 saves for the Lightning (19-17-4).

Stajan scored on Calgary's fourth shot of the game. Entering the Tampa Bay zone on a 3-on-2, TJ Brodie pulled up and passed to Giordano, who sent a cross-crease pass to Stajan that he tapped by Bishop with a second effort to give the Flames a 1-0 lead at 3:56.

Bishop stopped Markus Granlund on a partial break at 11:08 for one of his 12 saves in the first period; Giordano hit the crossbar with 1:53 remaining.

Jones doubled the lead with 4:30 remaining in the second period. Giordano pinched down from the left point to grab a loose puck and, from the corner, sent a pass into the slot that Jones redirected over Bishop's glove to put Calgary up 2-0.

Ramo made a blocker save off Valtteri Filppula 5:07 into the third, and Brodie swept away the loose rebound sitting in the crease. After stopping Victor Hedman's point shot, Nikita Kucherov rolled the rebound wide from seven feet out at 12:04. Ramo also stopped Kucherov's rebound attempt with 2:56 remaining.

Stamkos scored at 18:21 of the third. With Bishop on the bench, he corralled a wide shot off the end boards before beating Ramo. The goal ended Ramo's shutout streak at 152:55. His previous career-high for time between goals against was 142:59, set from Nov. 22-Dec. 2, 2014.

With the net still empty, Bouma scored with 57.1 seconds remaining.

Lightning forward Ryan Callahan left the game in the second period because of a lower-body injury and did not return. He played 5:31.

Calgary will host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday in the second of its four-game homestand. Tampa Bay continues with the second of its four-game Western Conference road trip against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

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