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CALGARY - Flames goaltenders Reto Berra and Karri Ramo faced a daunting task at training camp last September. [url= Antworten

CALGARY - Flames goaltenders Reto Berra and Karri Ramo faced a daunting task at training camp last September. Oakland Raiders Jerseys . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. It was a tall order and the Flames struggled at the start of the season. But there finally appear to be signs that the team may be ready to turn things around. Berra and Ramo have helped Calgary to a 5-4-2 record in its last 11 games, with three losses coming in close games against league heavyweights Pittsburgh and Boston. Berra entered the holiday break on a high after helping the Flames to a 4-3 shootout win Monday over the surging St. Louis Blues. He made 32 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout to improve to 5-8-2 on the season. Berra is also a perfect 3-0 in shootouts, an area in which Kiprusoff historically struggled (23-37). "Overall Im happy with where I am," he said. "For my first year over here, Ive played solid, Ive played calm and Ive played my game. "I want to have more wins but sometimes you cant control that." Once described by former Flames general manager Jay Feaster as the “best goaltenders not playing in the NHL,” Berra and Ramo are still adjusting to the league since coming over from Europe. The ice surface is smaller and there is more traffic in front of the net. "One thing Ive been working on is trying to track the puck and follow it with my body," said Berra. "Also, guys here shoot perfect shots so you cant just go down and hope it hits you, you have to read the shot. Thats a big part of where Im way better than at the start of the season. "I can read the shots and where theyre coming." Ramo, who spent the last four seasons in the KHL, is more familiar with the North American game than his teammate. The 27-year-old native of Asikkala, Finland spent three seasons in the Tampa Bay organization after being selected by the Lightning in the sixth round of the 2004 entry draft. "Im trying to be quicker with my positioning so I can get set and see more pucks," said Ramo. "If you can play a little bit more outside the crease and still be quick, thats always better. Berra, a 26-year-old native of Bulach, Switzerland, said he has also noticed a big difference in the number of blocked shots. One of the trademarks of the Flames blue-collar style of play, Calgary has blocked 688 shots this season, second only to Montreal (725). Individually, defencemen Kris Russell (105), Chris Butler (100) and Ladislav Smid (83) all rank in the top 10. "I think the guys would jump face first into shots, they have so much commitment to the Flames," Berra said with a laugh. "They play like a goalie. Sometimes if theres not many shots, its hard to get into the game and Ill be thinking, Hey, let it through, I want to save something too." Flames coach Bob Hartley has been pleased with how his two goaltenders have improved. "Very happy with their progression," Hartley said. "Theyre two great guys. They want to learn, they want to contribute to the team success. They get along great together. Were trying to give them streaks where if they play well, we ride them." Berra started 11 of 12 games in one stretch, starting with a spectacular 42-save win in his NHL debut in Chicago. Lately its been Ramos turn, as he has started eight of the last 12 and is playing his finest hockey of the year. Hes gone 4-2-2 in that span with a 2.06 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. On the season, Ramo is 6-6-3 with a 2.79 GAA and a .904 save percentage. He attended Finlands Olympic orientation in July, but thinks there is little chance hell be in Sochi this February given the countrys depth at the goaltending position. Its unclear if Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne will be ready for the Games as hes still recovering from a hip infection. However, Finland is still loaded with other options, including Bostons Tuukka Rask, San Joses Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen of Dallas. "With Finland and the goalies, pretty easy decisions for the people who are selecting," said Ramo. "Theyve been well known for so long in Finland and played in the NHL for so long and have been so good." Its a different scenario for Berra. After a strong showing last May at the world championships, he fully expects to be in the mix on the Swiss team. "For sure," Berra said. "Plus Ive made my next step personally by now playing in the NHL." The Flames, who sit 11 points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, return to action Friday against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. John Matuszak Jersey . GQ Lundqvist quite well.Three rounds, and nearly two months later, will the Kings have the strength to reach the summit of the Empire State to claim the cup?Truer words have never been spoken. Sebastian Janikowski Jersey . Mickelson shot a 2-under 70 after opening with a 77 -- his worst score of the season -- on TPC San Antonios AT&T Oaks Course. Lefty was 11 strokes behind leader Steven Bowditch, the Australian who had a 67 to reach 8-under 136. .K. Subban has picked the right time of the year to go on an offensive tear.Former England goalkeeper David Seaman says games against Scotland are stressful for players and fans alike ahead of Fridays World Cup Qualifier. Seaman made some vital saves, including a Gary McAllister penalty, when the two sides met during Euro 96 as England won 2-0 at Wembley.Theyre stressful games because you know whats at stake, for the fans as well, Seaman told Sky Sports News HQ. Former England goalkeeper David Seaman thinks competition from Tom Heaton and Jordan Pickford has brought out the best in Joe Hart Its like when I used to play in the north London derby, there was massive pressure but you want to do it for the fans and its the same with Scotland.You want to do it for yourself as well, because if you dont, you get quite a lot of stick off the Scottish people. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The first one [England v Scotland game] I played in was Euro 96, which was like another pressure as well.We had started the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland and went into the Scotland game needing a win.Seaman also played a crucial role when the sides met again three years later in the two-legged play-off for Euro 2000. Internationaal Football: FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers November 11, 2016, 10:00pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass England won the opening encounter 2-0 at Hampden Park and with Scotland leading 1-0 in the return fixture at Wembley and pushing for a goal to level the tie, Seaman made a stunning save to keep out Christian Daillys header and help his side qualify for the finals in Belgium and the Netherlands. Jared Cook Jersey. We were under pressure and we werent playing well. I just saw him coming in and he got a powerful header on it, added Seaman.Luckily it was just above me so I could get my hand up quickly and divert it over the bar with both hands. Former Scotland manager Craig Brown insists Scotland must stand up and be counted if theyre to get a result at Wembley against England. It was a big save and for us to qualify as well, but we didnt kick on from that [in the] the tournament but its [the save is] up there with the best.Watch highlights of England v Scotland on Friday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 HD at 10pm. Also See: Keane: Calmness will beat Scots Southgate needs no audition History of Eng-Scot football rivalry England fixtures Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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