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Calgary 3, Anaheim 0

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves for his NHL-leading ninth shutout of the season and the Calgary Flames beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-0 on Tuesday night to move a step closer to their first division title since 1994-95.

Kiprusoff was at his best in the second period when he stopped 13 shots as Calgary clung to a 1-0 lead. Six of the shots came in a torrid 90-second span when the Ducks exhibited a dangerous power play. The best of the stops was an acrobatic blocker save off Joffrey Lupul's shot from the slot.

Calgary scored 5 seconds into the third period, the fastest goal at the start of a period in team history and a second off the NHL record set by Claude Provost with Montreal in 1957 and matched by Denis Savard for Chicago in 1986.

Off the drop of the puck, Daymond Langkow slid a pass over to Jarome Iginla, and darted to the net. Iginla passed it right back and Langkow lifted a backhander over goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's glove.

With the same line on the ice, Calgary opened up a 3-0 lead just 32 seconds later when Langkow and Iginla combined to set up Kristian Huselius for his 20th goal.

Chris Simon also scored for Calgary, which reached the 100-point mark for the first time since 1990-91. The Flames, 6-0-2 in their last eight, will try to clinch the Northwest Division title Thursday night when they face Colorado in the home finale.

Calgary leads the Avalanche by six points, with each team having three games remaining. The only way Colorado can catch the Flames is if they win their final three games while the Flames lose their final three games in regulation.

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