Six months ago, the Calgary Flames did everything to avoid the comparison. With Miikka Kiprusoff’s retirement, the Flames needed a new No. 1 goalie, and Karri Ramo’s arrival meant a new product of Finland’s goalie factory gaining the lion’s share. Still, the organization — and especially Ramo, himself — felt it taboo to put the two netminders in the same category. After Ramo’s outstanding 31-save shutout in the Calgary club’s 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils, Flames veteran Curtis Glencross could no longer avoid going down that path. “I played with Kipper for six years, and some of those saves (by Ramo), you look down the bench and say, ‘How did he save that one?’ It’s what we used to say when Kipper was here,” Glencross said, noting the style and mannerisms are similar, too. That may sound like over-the-top praise amidst the elation of a win before 14,297 fans at the Prudential Center which runs the team’s win streak to three, but don’t take lightly those words from Glencross. He doesn’t. “Kipper’s probably one of the best goalies to play the game, in my books,” Glencross said. “He’ll be a face of the Flames forever, like Theo (Fleury), Mikey Vernon, Lanny (McDonald), all those old alumni guys still kicking around all the time. “Kipper will forever be a face of the Flames.” Ramo has a long, long, long ways to duplicate Kiprusoff’s achievements for the Flames — he’s the all-time leader in most every goaltending category — but it’s worth noting at age 27, he’s just as old as Kiprusoff was when he arrived in Calgary via trade from the San Jose Sharks in the fall of 2003. On this night, the team’s 48th one-goal game of the season — one short of the NHL record set by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010-11 — Ramo certainly deserved all the praise sent his way on top of first-star status and the club’s fireman’s hat. “I think he would have deserved the truck, too. Pretty gutsy effort,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said.
Ramo & Gio leads Calgary Flames to win over New Jersey Devils
Calgary Sun | Apr 8