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Flames drop 5-2 decision in Raleigh

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kris Versteeg scored twice to help the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames at PNC Arena on Sunday.

Versteeg scored at even strength in the second period and on a power play in the third, giving him 10 goals on the season and 30 points.

Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm and Joakim Nordstrom scored for Carolina (22-20-8). Eddie Lack made 33 saves.

Jiri Hudler and Joe Colborne scored for Calgary (21-22-3). Karri Ramo allowed three goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Jonas Hiller, who made 15 saves.

Carolina struck quickly for the first goal of the game. Rask curled away from a defender at the blue line, cut towards the slot and beat Ramo with a wrist shot at 2:26. His 12th goal of the season surpassed his total as a rookie in 2014-15.

Lindholm made it 2-0 on a penalty shot after being hauled down by Flames defenceman Kris Russell on a breakaway. Lindholm came in slowly and sent a wrist shot past Ramo's blocker at 17:27.

The Hurricanes extended the lead to 3-0 at 3:50 of the second period when Eric Staal fed a pass across the slot to Versteeg. Staal took a long pass through the neutral zone from Ron Hainsey to start the play.

Carolina's third goal spelled the end of the night for Ramo, who finished with 16 saves.

Calgary got on the board when Hudler shoveled a backhand shot past Lack at 11:15 of the second period. Mark Giordano's pass from the boards deflected off Justin Faulk's skate at the top of the crease before Hudler took a swipe at the loose puck.

Colborne made it 3-2 at 5:01 of the third period when he took a pass from Markus Granlund on the rush and scored over the glove.

Versteeg restored Carolina's two-goal lead on the power play at 11:13 when he stuffed a shot under Hiller's glove in a scramble at the crease.

Nordstrom scored when he gathered a loose puck in the slot and turned to his forehand to beat Hiller at 11:45.

Calgary's 30th-ranked power play had five chances but managed mustered two shots. Carolina was 1-for-5 with the man-advantage.

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