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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Rangers

by Andrew Halipchuk / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- Mike Cammalleri has a flair for the dramatics.

Cammalleri broke the deadlock with his 24th goal of the season -- scoring with seven seconds remaining in a wild second period -- and Karri Ramo made 38 saves to lift the Flames to a 4-3 win over the Rangers Friday.

After giving up three straight goals in the first six minutes of the second frame -- including two goals 23 seconds apart from Brian Boyle and Raphael Diaz -- the Flames rebounded when Kevin Westgarth banged home his own rebound underneath Henrik Lundqvist to tie the game up 3-3.

Cammalleri notched his fifth game-deciding goal since the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5, sending a shot by Lundqvist from the top of the circle in the dying seconds of the period.

In the third, the Rangers continued to push, putting 11 shots on Ramo, who was flawless in the period. No save was bigger than his glove save on Martin St. Louis to preserve the 4-3 lead for the Flames.

Ramo made 11 third period saves to preserve his 14th win of the season.

The Flames opened the scoring in the first. Curtis Glencross clanked a shot off the post, but TJ Brodie corralled the puck and fed Joe Colborne, who snuck the power play marker past a sprawling Lundqvist for his 14th goal of the season at 4:51.

Two minutes later, the Rangers thought they had tied up the game when the puck redirected off of Martin St. Louis’ skate and past Karri Ramo. The goal was the under review and disallowed soon after.

Mark Giordano gave the Flames a 2-0 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the first, snapping a shot off the post and behind Lundqvist.

Ramo made an outstanding glove save on Derek Stepan in the final minute of the first period maintaining their 2-0 lead heading to the break.


Cammalleri saw Flames captain Giordano crossing the blue line and fed him the puck, Giordano walked into the slot with the puck and snapped a quick wrist shot over Henrik Lundqvist’s glove hand for his 13th goal of the season putting the Flames up 2-0 at the moment.


Midway through the second period, Rangers forward Derek Stepan rifled a pass from the corner across the slot to a pinching Anton Stralman. Ramo slid across his crease to make a spectacular pad save on the Rangers defenceman to prevent New York’s fourth straight goal of the frame.


Cammalleri picked up the loose puck in the neutral zone and entered into the Rangers zone in the dying seconds of the second period, firing a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that trickled through Lundqvist’s five-hole to give the Flames a 4-3 lead they would not give up.


Cammalleri’s goal was his seventh game-winner of the season and his 40th of his career.


TJ Galiardi and Ben Hanowski were scratched against the Rangers. Markus Granlund (upper body), Dennis Wideman (upper body) and David Jones (upper body) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames start a five-game road trip when they head to Ottawa for a game against the Senators Sunday afternoon. (3 p.m. MST, Sportsnet-West, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

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