Calgary Flames netminder Karri Ramo has certainly shown no ill effects since returning from a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines for 15 games. He’s been solid between the pipes as the Flames continued their late-season surge with recent victories over the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks.
Ramo had plenty of help from his teammates in an 8-1 laugher against the Oilers in Edmonton. However, he did make some key saves early in the contest before the Flames opened the floodgates with four goals in the second period. It was an impressive return to action for Ramo in making 24 saves.
His effort against the Sharks proved to be even better. Ramo kept his team in the contest against the Western conference powerhouses by turning aside 17 of 18 shots in the opening period. The Flames were only down by a goal and would get the equalizer from Joe Colborne with the winner coming in the shootout from the red-hot Mike Cammalleri. Ramo made 33 saves on the night and was a perfect 3-for-3 in the 2-1 shootout victory. It was a major turnaround for Ramo who had struggled mightily during his previous shootout experiences.
Ramo, who is in the first year of a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the team, has definitely taken his game to the next level after struggling in the early portion of the season. He’s consistently given his team a chance to win on a nightly basis and has a very respectable 13-10-4 record. Ramo’s upped his save percentage up to an impressive .912 and has a GAA of 2.54. His comfort level has risen dramatically as the season has progressed, and he’s been a reliable presence on most nights.
The Flames evened their home record on the season at 17-17-3 with the victory over the Sharks. The team is providing their faithful fans with plenty to be excited about and has more than made up for a dismal team-record seven-game losing streak from earlier in the campaign.
Head coach Bob Hartley is hoping his group, which has improved to 30-35-7, can finish out the season strong and win their remaining games on home ice. If that’s going to happen, Ramo will need to continue his stellar play. The Finnish goalie has certainly proven he’s capable of producing a strong stretch.
Rick LaFitte is an NHL Writer for Rant Sports