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RALEIGH, N. Adidas Neo Store .C. -- Having lost three straight, the Calgary Flames were looking for something positive when they visited the Carolina Hurricanes. Karri Ramo delivered just what they needed. Ramo made 22 saves in his first NHL shutout, and Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan provided the offence in the Flames 2-0 win over the Hurricanes on Monday night The Flames snapped their skid and handed the Hurricanes their second straight shutout defeat. "It was probably our best team effort of the season," Calgary coach Bob Hartley said. "We had quite a good first period, and I felt we pressured them and gained the momentum. Carolina came hard at us, and we did a great job." Carolinas offence has been shut down for two games following a season-best, five-game winning streak. The Hurricanes failed to match Calgarys intensity at the start, and were shut out for the fourth time this season. "We spent too much time in our own end," defenceman Brett Bellemore said. "We didnt get off to a good start and they kind of got a lucky bounce off a skate or something (on their goal)." The Hurricanes now have a long wait before they host Florida on Saturday. "We didnt have that extra jump," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. "Its disappointing. We have four days ahead of us to sit on it. When you play teams like Calgary, its going to be a game in the trenches. "They got the lead, and once they did, they were able to sit back a little bit and defend." Backland scored his seventh goal of the season for the Flames, who notched their second power-play tally in 26 chances. Backland gathered the puck in front after it bounced off the skate of Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak. "It was nice to score first," Backlund said. "Its easier to play with some energy when you score than have to chase all the time like weve been doing lately." Monahan scored his 13th goal midway through the third period to add some insurance. He scored into an open net after goalie Anton Khudobin was unable to get back across the crease from the far post. Ramo improved to 8-8-3 as the Flames swept the two-game season games from Carolina. It was Calgarys first shutout in 117 games. "Its good that its out of the way," Ramo said. "Its nice to finish one without a goal. Obviously, everyone thinks about it and knows the situation but you just have to focus and play normally." Khudobin, who lost his second straight, did some of his best work in the first period when the Flames carried the play and held a 14-5 shots advantage. Khudobin made 27 saves overall. Carolina captain Eric Staal returned to the lineup after missing three games because of a lower body injury. NOTES: Calgary is 11-3-3 in games in which it scores a power-play goal. The Flames went 1 for 3. ... Carolina activated C Jiri Tlusty from the injured list, and he was in the lineup for the time since Dec. 23, before he was sidelined because of an appendectomy. ... The Flames have won three straight and four of five against Carolina. ... Calgary RW Kevin Westgarth returned to face his old team for the first time since being traded by Carolina on Dec. 30. Adidas Zx 700 Damen . 1. Anthony Bennett (Cavs): Congrats! Finally. Its been a very frustrating and disappointing rookie campaign for the young Canadian out of UNLV. The Cavs have won three in a row after an embarrassing loss at home to the undermanned Lakers and firing their GM Chris Grant. Nike Air Max 2015 Damen . TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DETROIT LIONS, 1:00 PM (ET) Tampa Bay - None Detroit - G Rodney Austin, WR Ryan Broyles, DT Nick Fairley, QB Kellen Moore, DT Caraun Reid, G Garrett Reynolds, DE Larry Webster NEW YORK JETS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 1:00 PM (ET) NY Jets - TE Jace Amaro, G Dakota Dozier, OL Wesley Johnson, WR Walter Powell, QB Matt Simms, CB Josh Thomas, DL Muhammad Wilkerson Minnesota - LB Anthony Barr, DE Scott Crichton, FB Zach Line, CB Jabari Price, LB Brandon Watts, OT JMarcus Webb, G David Yankey ST.SALT LAKE CITY -- Al Jefferson missed Utahs last two victories to be with his family after his grandmothers death. He returned to a team that is bolstered with newfound confidence "Its all about confidence right now. Weve got it and were rolling," Jefferson said. Paul Millsap scored 20 points, Jefferson had 16 and Devin Harris added 15 to lead the Jazz to their fourth straight victory, 97-90 over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. "Its good to back with my second family here," Jefferson said. "My teammates are playing like a family now because we trust each other to make the right play." Millsap had a dunk and a fallaway jumper to help the Jazz finish the game on a 10-4 run. "Were definitely playing better together," Millsap said. Utah coach Ty Corbin agreed. "We should be very confident right now," Corbin said. "Were understanding that we need to count on each other, especially at the defensive end of the floor and depending on each other to make the right plays." Russell Westbrook had 23 points for Oklahoma City, and Kevin Durant had 18, but went scoreless in the fourth quarter and misfired on all seven attempts from the field in the period. "They played good defence. You have to give those guys credit, but I cant miss seven shots in the fourth quarter as one of the main guys," Durant said. James Harden added 17 points for the Thunder, who have lost four of their last seven games. The NBAs most efficient offence went 6 of 21 in the fourth quarter and committed 20 turnovers in the game. "They were the physical team and we had to match that, but they did a good job at winning that part of the game," Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. After Derrick Favours made two free throws for an 85-77 Utah edge, Westbrook made two 3-pointers and a pair of foul shots to power a 9-2 run and cut Utahs lead to 87-86 with 2:56 to play. "We were executing. We were getting good looks," Durant said. But the Thunder couldnt get any easy looks the rest of the way. In the first half, Jamaal Tinsley scored nine points in 9 minutes and Utahs reeserves turned a deficit into an eight-point lead. Nike Free 3.0 Damen Sale. The Jazz led 52-44 at the half on the strength of 11 forced turnovers. "Our guards and our bigs are stepping up on defence and we are just playing together and for each other," Tinsley said. Utah extended the advantage to 14 in the third quarter. Harris scored 13 straight points for the Jazz and opened the middle for Millsap and Jefferson to operate. "They pay so much attention to our inside guys," Harris said. "Al came back tonight, he kicked it out and its our job to hit those shots. He trusts us." Oklahoma Citys Serge Ibaka and Harden hit several wide-open jumpers as Utahs big men hurried to help stop the drives of Durant and Westbrook to get the Thunder back within striking distance. "They hit some shots but our main focus had to be on (Durant and Westbrook) because theyre going to have the ball in their hands at the end," Corbin said. The Jazz have won six straight games at home and looked nothing like the team that lost two games within a week in mid-February to Oklahoma City by an average of 20 points. After a string of five consecutive losses to Oklahoma City and looking outmanned by the Thunders length and quickness, Utah employed a scrambling, helping defence that forced difficult shots and bad passes. The Jazz outscored the Thunder 50-20 in the paint and moved a step closer to reaching the playoffs. Utah is ninth in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Houston for the last spot. After an MRI earlier Tuesday, the Jazz learned that starting forward Josh Howards knee might require surgery and he could be lost for the season. Howard said he might seek a second opinion. "We want to fight for him so when he is better, we will hopefully be in the playoffs and he can help us again," Jefferson said. Notes: Utah guards Raja Bell (strained left adductor) and Earl Watson (sprained left ankle) sat out. ... Oklahoma Citys Daequan Cook limped off with a right knee sprain early in the fourth quarter and did not return. ... Tinsley dribbled the ball through Mohammeds legs and tossed in a floater in the fourth quarter. cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys Ray Ban Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Sale Cheap Michael Kors ' ' '