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Flames Today: 08.04.11

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Searching for a record?

On Wednesday night, Miikka Kiprusoff tied Mike Vernon for the franchise record for most wins by a goaltender with victory #262. While the coaching staff has yet to decide will take reigns in net for the Flames tomorrow night, Kiprusoff is ready to try and take sole possession of the record if called upon.

"It's the coaches call who is playing so we'll see tomorrow," he smiled. "I'll play if they ask me to play.

"It's cool, pretty good number. That's what you do, try to win the games. I've been here a few years now and it was nice to tie him. I hope I have many more years to break it and make it better."

The soft-spoken goaltender admitted he relished the chance to top Vernon's milestone, he made it clear that he wouldn't be thinking about it come game time.

"I'm not thinking about the record that much. It's nice, it's nice numbers there but usually when I play it doesn't help me to start thinking about some other stuff outside of stopping the puck. That's what I'm going to do."

Kiprusoff surpassed the 70 starts mark once again this season but he shrugged off any notion he was feeling fatigued in any way.

"We were able to make sure I get the rest and try to find good days to have good practices ... I felt good.

"No injuries and wasn't that tired throughout the year."

Going out with a bang

While the Flames disappointment in not making the playoffs was evident, the mood at practice spoke of their determination to end their season in a positive manner.

"Yes, it's difficult," Jarome Iginla noted. "We know the game, as far as standings-wise, isn't going to do anything for us to get into the playoffs. When we started in December saying that we had an opportunity to make the playoffs, we'd have to (win) two out of three. We thought if we did that it would get us to 96 points.

"We win tomorrow and we get to 95 and that one point could be the difference. That's unfortunate. That's hard to take but we've had a good last three months. We've come a long ways as a team. We definitely improved and we're going to try and finish on the right now. We're playing at home and trying to get to 95."

Head coach Brent Sutter agreed with his captain, saying while he understands it's a difficult position to be in, he had faith his team would treat the game seriously and give their best effort.

"We want to finish this off the right way. We've been a pretty determined and a resilient team here the last three months. Absolutely we want to win tomorrow night or we want to play well to give ourselves a chance to succeed, no different than we have been." 

Abbotsford bound

On Thursday, the Flames announced forwards Lance Bouma and Greg Nemisz had been reassigned the club's top affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat. Acting general manager Jay Feaster spoke briefly about the team's decision to detract from their forward squad in the final game of the season.

"The player transactions we've made recently in terms of sending the two kids back to Abbotsford - Abbotsford plays three games on the road this weekend. While they're sitting in fourth place in their division, because the other division in their conference has the additional team there's the crossover possibility.

"So they're not in a playoff spot yet and we want to do everything we could to try to give that final push. That's why we sent the kids back, to get them in there and try to push them here in the last weekend."

Both players have recorded a point during their stints with the Flames this season.


"Brendan Morrison will have surgery to repair the ACL and that will be done on Monday." - Feaster on the injury status of the veteran pivot

"It's tough to not make playoffs but it's a pretty good feeling the last few months in the room." - Kiprusoff reflecting on the Flames season

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