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Flames to start Ramo in goal for Game 2 at Ducks

by Curtis Zupke /

ANAHEIM -- Goalie Karri Ramo will start for the Calgary Flames against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round on Sunday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVA Sports, SN), Flames coach Bob Hartley said Friday.

"It's a great challenge for me and [my] first start," Ramo said. "It's a fun thing. … It's definitely easier, always, to start than [to enter in the] middle of the game. I've played hockey. It's not that long time ago when I started, and it's not the first time I've done it. So I'm sure I'm ready."

Goalie Jonas Hiller started Game 1 but was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on 14 shots in a 6-1 loss. Ramo allowed three goals on 21 shots.

"Last night I felt that [Hiller] was not at his best," Hartley said. "We have to be honest, so last night I gave him the third goal. I felt at the same time you never know what can happen. You can pull a goalie. I'm not a fan of pulling goalies for no reason. But at the same time I felt that last night he was not on his game. We were not on our game."

Hartley said he didn't make the decision to go with Ramo for Game 2 until Friday morning.

"I met with Jonas this morning and with Karri this morning, and [Ramo] will be our starting goalie," Hartley said.

Calgary alternated between Hiller and Ramo during the regular season, with Hiller playing 52 games and Ramo 34.

Game 1 against the Ducks was the second straight time Hiller was pulled. In Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round against the Vancouver Canucks, Hiller was removed after allowing two goals on three shots 7:32 into the game. Ramo came in and made 17 saves on 19 shots, and the Flames rallied to win 7-4 and close the series.

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