CALGARY, AB -- Karri Ramo got the best of his old team.
Ramo made 31 saves while Curtis Glencross scored two goals in the third period to lift the Calgary Flames to a 4-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday.
The 27-year-old Ramo was originally selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 194th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and suited up in parts of three seasons with the club.
While his heroics paced the Flames, it was a pass from Tampa Bay’s goaltender who helped put the Flames on top early.
Behind the net, Lightning netminder Ben Bishop put his clearing attempt directly onto the stick of Mike Cammalleri, who promptly returned the puck into the vacated net to put Calgary up 1-0. Just 15 seconds later, Kevin Westgarth swatted Christopher Breen’s rebound behind Bishop to quickly put Calgary up two goals.
Tampa Bay managed to pull within one with 4:04 remaining in the second period on their 18th shot of the game. After failing to convert on his initial attempt after taking a pass in the slot, Ondrej Palat swatted his own rebound over Karri Ramo for his 20th of the season to cut Calgary’s lead to 2-1.
It was Ramo’s only blemish, who ensured Calgary will carry a lead into the third, robbing Alex Killorn in the slot with the blocker in the dying seconds of the second.
On the power play in the late stages of the final frame after a minor penalty for tripping assessed to Eric Brewer, Curtis Glencross followed up Cammalleri’s rebound by beating Bishop to put Calgary up 3-1.
The goal came after 11 saves in the period from Ramo to preserve Calgary’s one-goal lead.
Glencross added another with 15.2 seconds remaining, picking Matthew Carle’s pocket in the Tampa Bay zone and depositing the puck into the empty net to open Calgary’s back-to-back set in Florida with a win.
GOAL OF THE GAME
After a perfect pass from Bishop, Cammalleri calmly deposited his 25th of year into the vacated net to put the Flames up 1-0 near the midway mark of the first period.
SAVE OF THE GAME
JT Brown got behind the Flames defense and in alone on Ramo after a long stretch pass from Victor Hedman, but the Flames goaltender bested his deke with a stretching pad save to keep the game scoreless seven minutes into the game.
With two goals against 15 seconds apart in the first period, the Lightning fell in a hole that they weren’t able to dig themselves out of on Thursday.
STAT OF THE GAME
With his opening goal, Cammalleri has hit the 25-goal plateau for the fifth time in his career.
Kenny Agostino and Mark Cundari were scratched against the Lightning. Matt Stajan and Paul Byron missed the game due to personal reasons. Ladislav Smid (lower body), Markus Granlund (upper body), Dennis Wideman (upper body) and David Jones (upper body) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames get right back to action in sunny Florida with a contest against the Panthers on Friday (5:30 p.m. MST, SNET-CGY, SN960).