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CALGARY, Alberta -- As resumes go, Karri Ramo's doesn't quite compare to Henrik Lundqvist's.

For this night, though, the Calgary Flames goalie certainly was the difference against the New York Rangers and their star netminder.

Ramo faced a season-high 41 shots in the Flames net, but came up with just enough stops to backstop his team to a 4-3 victory over former Vezina Trophy winner Lundqvist and the rest of the Rangers Friday night.

The Flames may be days away from being mathematically eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, but they continue to play spoilers.

The Rangers (41-30-4) are clinging to their hold on the second spot in the Metropolitan Division. They're one point up on the Philadelphia Flyers, who have two games in hand.

The affair had more ups and downs then a ride on the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster.

The Scotiabank Saddledome sellout crowd of 19,289 was pulled out of its seats early when center Joe Colborne opened the scoring before the five-minute mark with a power-play tally, pouncing on a rebound after left winger Curtis Glencross rang a shot off the post.

Flames defenseman Mark Giordano doubled the lead late in the opening frame by firing a long snapshot that rang off the post.

But that just started the wild and wooly ride.

Goals just 39 seconds apart early in the second period by center Brian Boyle and defenseman Rapheal Diaz tied the game seemingly in the blink of an eye.

Then, center Brad Richards, who notoriously has done his share of damage against the Flames and was even chased by the team as a free agent, put the visitors ahead less than three minutes after his team's outburst.

To their credit, the Flames not only recovered and regained the momentum, but took their turn regaining the lead.

Kevin Westgarth, the right winger known more for his physical play, drew the hosts even with his second goal in four games. Then, with just 7.8 seconds left in the middle period, left winger Michael Cammalleri restored Calgary's lead with a long shot that Lundqvist would stop almost every other time.

From there, Ramo held the fort for the Flames (31-36-7).

NOTES: Rangers LW Chris Kreider underwent surgery to his left hand -- he reportedly suffered a broken bone -- and is out indefinitely. Kreider, who was injured March 21, netted 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games before being injured, putting him tied for fourth among rookies in points and fifth in goals. ... Flames D Ladislav Smid left the game in the first period due to an upper-body injury. Calgary is not carrying any extra defensemen, and if Smid can't play in Sunday's game against the Ottawa Senators to kick off a five-game road trip, one will need to be summoned from the minors. ... Rangers D Justin Falk isn't on the team's Western Canada road trip. He is home in New York with his wife, who is expecting. ... Rangers D John Moore missed his third game due to a concussion but has begun skating. ... Flames C Matt Stajan was honored with the team's J.R. McCaig Award, given to the player for their citizenship. It's in honor of their former part-owner who died seven years ago.
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