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Calgary shuts out Devils in New Jersey

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Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Mike Cammalleri during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in Calgary, Alberta, Friday, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

The Associated Press

First published Apr 07 2014 11:32PM
Updated Apr 8, 2014 08:12PM

Newark, N.J. • Karri Ramo made 31 saves to record his second NHL shutout as the Calgary Flames topped the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Monday night.

Mark Giordano scored for Calgary, which improved to 34-38-7. The Flames are 16-20-4 on the road this season.

Cory Schneider stopped 21 of 22 shots for New Jersey, which fell to 34-29-16. New Jersey’s loss also allowed the New York Rangers to clinch a playoff berth.

Both Calgary and the Devils have three games remaining this season.

Neither the Flames nor Devils scored until Giordano’s power-play goal 23 seconds into the third as both teams were unable to take advantage of opportunities.

New Jersey had a goal disallowed with 1:26 left in the first, as referee Brad Watson waved off what would have been a game-opening score by Ryan Carter. The ruling was upheld by a video review by the NHL in Toronto. Replays showed Carter kicked the puck, but it was inconclusive whether the Devils left wing was able to get his stick on it before it rolled under Ramo.

Calgary was unable to convert on five power plays in the first two periods, and rookie left wing Kenny Agostino’s semi-breakaway with 1:34 left in the second was sticked away by Schneider. The play began as New Jersey right wing Tuomo Ruutu committed a turnover in the offensive zone, and ended with Devils defenseman Jon Merrill committing a slashing minor as he tried to affect the shot attempt.

Merrill’s slash led directly to Giordano’s goal. Calgary finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while New Jersey was 0-for-3.

Wild 1, Jets 0 • In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Charlie Coyle scored in the second period and Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as Minnesota defeated the host Jets.

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