Karri Ramo tried to play down such talk, but those around the Calgary Flames netminder think he was under-stating what it meant to him.
Ramo’s return to Florida to face the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team he bolted from without much resistance some four years ago, was a roaring success, thanks to a dream offensive start and a 31-save performance in Calgary’s 4-1 victory Thursday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
“It’s good to get a win. There’s some familiar faces I saw, not on the ice, so many, and it’s nice to get a win here,” Ramo said. “That team is playing so well, so for us to come with a couple tough games before it … it was a good game.
“Everybody pitched in.”
Everybody pitched in, but Ramo indeed had the biggest hand in the result, especially while his squad was under siege in the final two periods, during which he faced 27 shots before the announced crowd of 17,495.
“Goalies, I think it’s easy mental preparation when you’re playing against your