We were pretty focused the whole game. We didn’t make too many mistakes and we knew that this is a pressure team like us that sometimes we have to just bear down in our own zone and battle it out. - Karri Ramo
SAN JOSE, CA -- Karri Ramo didn’t give up many rebounds. It helped the Calgary Flames rebound.
Jiri Hudler provided all the support while Ramo made 32 saves to power the Calgary Flames to a 2-0 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Wednesday.
It’s as good as Karri Ramo’s felt all year. The score reflected it.
“It was by far my best game,” Ramo said.
“We were pretty focused the whole game. We didn’t make too many mistakes and we knew that this is a pressure team like us that sometimes we have to just bear down in our own zone and battle it out. We didn’t panic and we stayed in the game.”
The win, Ramo’s first shutout of the season and third as a member of the Flames, improved Calgary to 9-0-1 following a loss. The Flames improved to 3-0-0 in the second-half of back-to-backs, too.
That resiliency is quickly becoming a staple for the young Calgary club.
“It’s a trademark and it’s not a surprise for us, the coaching staff,” coach Bob Hartley said. “We’re around those guys every day. We see them work, we see them commit, we see them prepare. It’s just fun to be around them.”
Wednesday’s example started with Ramo.
“Obviously it’s tough in this league to win when you don’t get clutch performances from your goalies on the road,” started Hartley, “And then look at how many blocked shots we had.”
But Ramo admitted it was neither a save nor a blocked shot that made the difference against the Sharks. It was all Dennis Wideman.
In the third period and up 1-0, a backdoor pass courtesy San Jose defenceman Brent Burns connected for a moment, but Wideman managed to swat the puck out of harm’s way to preserve the lead and eventual victory.
“I think the best same came from [Wideman] on the backdoor there,” Ramo described. “It was a sick pass by their d-man and [Wideman] read it and he was there. Overall, it felt kind of easy, you know. I got to focus on the puck and I saw pucks and guys took away everything else.”
Wideman shrugged off his contribution postgame.
“That was a good play,” he said. “I saw Burns coming down the other side and I knew there was a guy in front and the guy in the backdoor and I just got my stick on it just before he shot it in the net. I don’t think that was the save of the night. I think there were a couple pretty good saves Karri made.
“I think tonight, that’s the best I’ve seen him finding pucks through traffic. I think there were a lot of shots they had that probably should’ve gone in and I think he tracked them well.”
The effort from both is just the latest instance of Calgary’s resiliency.
It’s been a focus point for the Flames.
“I think that’s just something we’ve talked about and something we want to concentrate on,” Wideman said. “The best teams and the good teams if you want to make the playoffs, it’s not often you can lose back-to-back games or even lose three because everything’s so tight and all of a sudden you’re out of the playoffs if you lose two or three in a row. That’s something we talk about and we’re concentrating on. So far we’re doing a good job of bouncing back.”