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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Capitals

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

Cammalleri, Flames drop Capitals 5-2

CALGARY, AB -- After a rough road trip, all the Calgary Flames needed was a little ‘Dome cookin’.

Mike Cammalleri scored twice while Karri Ramo made 27 saves as the Flames dropped the Washington Capitals 5-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night.

The Flames, who went just 1-4-0 on a five-game, 10-day road trip, remain unbeaten on home ice this season. In the process, they also snapped a two-game losing skid.

It didn’t take long for Calgary to find its stride back home.

Kris Russell scored just 1:04 into the game, beating a screened Braden Holtby with a shot from the point for his first as a member of the Flames and a 1-0 Calgary lead.

His goal was promptly followed up Jiri Hudler’s fifth of the season at 7:24. After Sean Monahan’s initial shot didn’t make it to the net, Hudler promptly picked up the puck and tucked it around Holtby to extend the lead to two.

Jason Chimera brought Washington back to within one at 12:02, but Cammalleri erased the goal just 48 seconds later, deflecting Dennis Wideman’s initial point shot behind Holtby and chasing the Capitals starter for the second time this season.

The Capitals chipped away in the second period with Aaron Volpatti’s first of the year.

But Cammalleri responded again in the third period, beating Michal Neuvirth with a sharp-angle shot from the goal line at near the midway mark of the frame.

Curtis Glencross added his first in seven games at 14:28, beating Neuvirth with a shot from the slot to pace Calgary to the 5-2 win.


Russell’s goal just 64 seconds into the game was the first of three in the period and paced the Flames to their quick start.


After a centering feed was redirected off Troy Brouwer on net, Ramo kicked his pads out to keep the Flames up by one four minutes into the third.


Up by one goal midway through the third period, Cammalleri’s sharp angle shot slipped through Neuvirth’s pads to give the Flames a one-goal cushion they’d build upon with Glencross’ third of the year.


“The plan was to not allow him (Ovechkin) to get the puck. The only place in the game where it was pretty tough was on the power play. He’s so skilled and playing on the far side, it is basically impossible to cover. Karri Ramo had a couple of big saves on him and I thought that 5-on-5...the Stajan line and whoever was playing on D against Ovie did quite a job.”

-Bob Hartley


Both Wideman and Russell were plus-5 against the Capitals. The duo also played 29:17 and 27:12 respectively.


Tim Jackman and Christopher Breen were scratched against Washington. Mark Giordano and Lee Stempniak missed the game due to lower-body injuries.


The Flames have a three-day rest before hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday (6 p.m. MT, TSN).

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