On a Joni Ortio shutout, the Flames were finally able to beat Vancouver (in Vancouver no less).
Joni Ortio had to overcome a lot more than the Vancouver Canucks on his way to the first shutout of his NHL career. Ortio made 36 saves for his first NHL shutout, leading the Calgary Flames past the Canucks 1-0 on Saturday night.
The win capped a 48-hour ordeal for Ortio that included lost baggage, a cancelled flight and a new pair of contact lenses. He was recalled by the Flames from their AHL affiliate on Wednesday after Karri Ramo went down with an injury, but didn’t join the team until Friday afternoon.
In three dates since returning from nagging abdominal issues, Backlund has amassed five points, including three goals, a plus-three rating, and 11 shots.
Brian McGrattan, who dressed 76 times last season, cleared waivers this past weekend. He has been assigned to Adirondack of the American Hockey League. One byproduct of the NHL’s new-found need for speed is the extinction of the heavyweight enforcer.
Giordano was invited to play in the all-star game in Columbus, Ohio. Johnny Gaudreau, the nifty first-year winger of the Flames, was also recognized. With five other greenhorns, he’ll participate in the rookie portion of the showcase.