LOS ANGELES, CA -- The Calgary Flames allowed six goals on Saturday night in San Jose, falling 6-3 to the league-leading Sharks, with a goaltender in net who had hadn't played in a couple of weeks.
On first glance, one may think Karri Ramo had an off game or was suffering from rink rust.
That wasn't the case.
The Finn was rock solid through all three periods and gave his club a chance to win by making save after save. By the 40:00 mark, he had faced 30 shots and spent most of the second period killing off four Flames penalties. He stopped not one, but two Joe Pavelski breakaways. He denied Brent Burns on a penalty shot. Three of the five goals that got past him came while the Sharks were on the power play.
All in all, Ramo made 30 saves in San Jose and a few of those fall under the spectacular category.
"He battled all game long," head coach Bob Hartley stressed afterwards. "Apart from when we made it 4-3, he was under siege basically all game."
Ramo's saw the game differently than his coach, shouldering the blame for the loss.
"Five goals so you can't be happy about that," he said as he packed up his equipment and prepared to board a flight to Los Angeles. "They got us early there and me, I felt that I was a little bit behind.
"They're a good team if we give them chances on the power play and that's what they did."
In the third period, the Sharks added their fifth goal and third power play marker of the night when Pavelski was able to get a stick on Logan Couture's point shot. From the press box vantage point, it looked like an incredibly tough stop to make given it was tipped.
Ramo felt differently, singling it out as the goal he would like to have back.
"I was a little bit late there," he said. "It was pretty easy. It was a tip but it was pretty easy tip. All the power play goals, they were set plays so I didn't really give myself a good enough chance to save those."
The Flames will practice in Los Angeles today in preparation for their game against the Kings on Monday night. Hartley has yet to announce whether it will be Ramo or MacDonald getting the call at the Staples Center.