It was red-light night at the Saddledome. For a change, Alex Ovechkin wasn’t turning them on. For the first time in eight career meetings with the Russian superstar, the Calgary Flames managed to keep Ovechkin off the scoresheet, a key ingredient to their success in Saturday’s 5-2 home-ice win over the Washington Capitals. “The plan was to not allow him to basically get the puck,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley. “We knew the only place in the game that it would be tough was on the powerplay, He’s so skilled and playing on the far side, he’s basically impossible to cover. But Karri Ramo gave us a couple of big saves on him and I thought that five-on-five, the five-man effort, (Matt) Stajan’s line and whoever was playing on D against Ovi, did quite a job.” Ovechkin was a one-man wrecking crew in Washington’s 5-4 shootout victory over the Flames earlier this month, scoring twice in regulation and also potting the clincher in the skills competition. With TJ Brodie and Chris Butler drawing the daunting task of keeping tabs on the Capitals captain, he wouldn’t enjoy the same kind of success on this night. Five of Ramo’s 27 saves came against the reigning Hart Trophy winner, who had eight goals and seven helpers in seven previous clashes with the crew from Calgary. “He had a couple of point-blankers there from his spot where, normally, that’s a goal,” said Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman, who posted a plus-five rating against his old squad. “I think everybody has seen him score a few from there.” Not this time. Showing impressive jam after winning just once on a five-game road-trip, the Flames scored three times during an impressive opening period and added a couple of third-period tallies to snap the Capitals’ three-game winning streak and end Ovechkin’s three-game point spree.
Calgary Flames down Washington Capitals 5-2
Calgary Sun | Oct 27