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Flames Today: 28.11.10

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
Standing tall

Miikka Kiprusoff has been known to steal games for his club and while he wasn't able to securetwo points for the Flames on Saturday, he may have had his best performance of the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The goaltender stood on his head through most of the contest, stopping an astounding 24 shots in the first period alone.

"Miikka gave us a chance to win a game we really had no business being in," Mark Giordano told the assembled media afterwards. "But we expect that from him. He's been like that all year."

The blueliner added that while the team was tired from an exhausting road trip that saw them play five games in seven nights, including two back-to-back affairs, the team wasn't using weariness as an excuse for the outcome.

"You can say whatever you want, but they outplayed us. We got a goal and then we started pushing. But you can't wait against a team like that. Everything they had, they put to the net."

Centre Olli Jokinen was adamant that the team cannot leave it to heir netminder to win games for them.

"We've got to give Miikka a rest," he told the Calgary Herald. "We didn't have any business still being in the game after two periods but we were still in because of him. We've got to find a way."

One of Kiprusoff's biggest saves of the afternoon was stoning Sidney Crosby on a penalty shot in the first period. The Penguins captain skated through the middle, faked a shot and then went to the right, flipping the puck to his backhand, hoping to throw it over the Finnish netminder. Kiprusoff stayed with him and managed to get a glove on the shot, keeping the game scoreless at that point.

"He made some fakes there," Kiprusoff told the assembled media. "I was able to put my glove there. He's a pretty skilled guy so it was good to stop him."

Netting 10,000

In the Flames 3-2 SO victory over the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, Curtis Glencross scored the Flames 10,000th goal in franchise history in spectacular fashion.

The shifty winger knocked the puck away from Mike Richard at the Flames blueline and went dashing into the offensive zone on a partial breakaway. With Richards hot on his heels, Glencross wasted no time in throwing the puck to his backhand and throwing it over Sergei Bobrovsky's shoulder.

The night before, director of team services Sean O'Brien informed Glencross and Jarome Iginla that the next goal would be a milestone for the franchise.

"We were talking it about last night - Iggy, myself and O'Brien. We were talking about how it would be kind of neat to get the 10,000 goal," he told the Calgary Herald. "I told Iggy, 'I just might get it tomorrow.'"

While he notched the milestone goal, Glencross doesn't get to keep the puck.

"I imagine it's going to be a franchise puck. It will go up somewhere. That's a lot of goals for our organization so it's kind of neat."


"I think everybody saw it.  If you do that, it's automatically two minutes. Good call. I yelled and he saw it  ... the call came a little bit late but I don't mind. It was the right call and it was good for us." - Kiprusoff on the unsportsmanlike conduct call given to Chris Pronger on Friday during overtime

"Up until tonight, I thought we had a good trip. We were playing well. We got points in three of four games and we did deserve maybe a better fate than that. Tonight, we didn't play well. We know we didn't play well. We know we have to get on a roll at some point and start piling up some wins." - Giordano after the 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday
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