James Reimer Makes 32 Saves, Hurricanes Beat Flames 4-0; Calgary Win Streak Over

CALGARY — James Reimer made 32 stops and Warren Foegele scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes ended Calgary’s seven-game winning streak with a 4-0 win over the Flames on Saturday.

It’s the second shutout of the season for Reimer, who has won five of his last six starts and improved to 7-5-0 on the season.

Carolina Hurricanes James Reimer
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender James Reimer (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)

The 31-year-old was at his best in the first and third periods. He kept the game scoreless in the opening 20 minutes, despite Calgary holding a 12-4 edge in shots. When the Flames pressed in the third period, fuelled by four power plays in the final 11 minutes, he once again stood tall.

Brock McGinn and Dougie Hamilton also scored for Carolina (20-11-2), which has points in five straight (4-0-1). The Hurricanes five-game road trip will continue Tuesday in Winnipeg.

Calgary (18-13-4) lost for the first time since Geoff Ward took over from Bill Peters behind the bench. The 57-year-old had won his first six games after officially being named interim head coach on Nov. 29, matching Mario Tremblay (1995-96 Montreal Canadiens) for the longest win-streak by a coach after taking over mid-season.

David Rittch had 27 stops for the Flames. His record fell to 15-8-4.

David Rittich Calgary Flames
David Rittich, Calgary Flames (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The first goal of the game came just past the 12-minute mark of the second period.

Mark Jankowski mishandled the puck trying to exit the Calgary end, enabling the Hurricanes to tag up and go back on the attack with Julien Gauthier — on a strong play along the boards — knocking the puck over to Jordan Martinook, who subsequently set up McGinn for an empty net and what ended up being the game-winner.

The Flames challenged the goal for offside, but video review confirmed the call on the ice was correct and Calgary was assessed a delay of game penalty. The Hurricanes power play entered the game 5 for 11 in their previous three games, and stayed hot.

Just over a minute into the man advantage, Hamilton took a shot from the face-off dot that went in on off of Rittich’s glove for his 12th goal of the season. Hamilton is now tied with Washington’s John Carlson for the goal-scoring lead among defencemen.

Foegele put the game away with a short-handed goal at 15:05 of the third. After his first shot hit Mark Giordano in the skate, he buried the rebound.

Foegele added an empty netter with three seconds remaining.

NOTES

Flames D TJ Brodie played in his 600th career game. He’s the 10th player in franchise history to reach that milestone… Hamilton has 30 goals since the start of the 2018-19 season, which leads all defencemen… The Hurricanes will practice in Banff, Alta., on Monday, before playing next in Winnipeg on Tuesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 14, 2019.

Darren Haynes, The Canadian Press

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