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Lightning Recall G Karri Ramo from Norfolk on Emergency Basis

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Karri Ramo from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Goaltender Riku Helenius was reassigned to the Admirals.

Ramo, 22, has appeared in 26 games this season with Norfolk, posting a 7-14-4 record with a 3.78 goals-against average and a .884 save percentage. He has played in three games with the Lightning this season, posting a 1-1-0 record and a .868 save percentage. Ramo earned his first win of the season on January 9, 2009 at Anaheim, making 29 saves on 32 shots faced.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound native of Asikkala, Finland was drafted by the Lightning in the sixth round, 191st overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. In 27 career appearances with Tampa Bay, Ramo has compiled an 8-12-3 record with a 3.23 goals-against average. He played in a career high 22 games in 2007-08, posting a 7-11-3 record with a 3.03 goals-against average.

Drafted in the first round, 15th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Helenius made his NHL debut on Friday, January 30 against Philadelphia and made two saves on two shots faced in relief.

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