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Flames Update: Kipper to get a rest

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Each week of the season we start a new Flames Update page.

It includes Calgary Flames news, notes, quotes and anecdotes updated throughout the week with information from practices, games and morning skates.

Friday Nov. 7, 2008
Kiprusoff to get a rest

He has played in 14 games and tallied the entire workload -- 840 minutes. He has faced 418 shots and has an 8-5-1 record.

And now goalie Miikka Kiprusoff will get a break.

As the Flames prepare to play back-to-back games this weekend, Saturday in Columbus (5 p.m. CBC and the Fan 960) and Sunday in Chicago (5 p.m. Flames PPV and The Fan 960), all indications are that the workhorse Finn will watch one of the games from the bench as Curtis McIlhinney gets his first start of the season.

Which game Kiprusoff takes a break in is still up for question.

Asked if it was time to give Kiprusoff some rest head coach Mike Keenan grinned and quipped: "No. He told me he wants to play 82 games."

Then he added: "We'll give him a break. He will play one of the two games on the weekend."

Thursday Nov. 6, 2008
Offensive burst

The Calgary Flames came out fast and furious against the Nashville Predators at the Pengrowth Saddledome Thursday. There would be no sluggish start, no digging a hole.

Then they would have to hang on for a wild 7-6 win over Nashville.

Calgary scored four times in the first period making Predator goalie Pekka Rinne look like a practice goalie to take a 4-0 lead.

The Flames have now scored four goals in a period this season twice -- both against the Predators. The last time they scored four in a period they rallied for a 5-3 win against the Predators on October 23.

Craig Conroy, who scored twice in the period, beat Rinne shorthanded at 7:26 to open the floodgates. It marked the Flames first short-handed tally of the season. Rene Bourque, and Cory Sarich also added first period tallies for the Flames. The four goals came on 10 shots.

The Preds wisely yanked Rinne for the second period, replacing the netminder with Dan Ellis. However, Jarome Iginla wired a slapper from the slot past Ellis on an early power play to give the Flames a 5-0 lead. It was Iginla's first goal in six games.

The Preds struck back with two power play goals, both with a two-man advantage, and one even strength tally to close within two goals before Daymond Langkow, who had an earlier goal disallowed, beat Ellis with a tip-in. That marker, which made it 6-3, set a season-high for goals in a game for Calgary.

As it turned out, the Flames needed another as the Predators battled back in the late going, scoring twice in the final three minutes and the game finished with the Flames winning 7-6.

Few in the building would have thought that the game would be close when Iginla scored his second of the night 38 seconds into the third period to make it 7-3. And one would think a 5-0 lead is as safe at it gets but...

"You see these kinds of games in the league from time to time. There was one last week with Anaheim and Vancouver. We came out on the right side of it and I am glad it is overwith," said Flames head coach Mike Keenan. "You view it as a positive when you get two points. We had some great individual efforts. We got a little sloppy. It did unravel a little. But you move and and you learn from it."

Sarich rocking

Defenceman Cory Sarich scored his first goal of the season Thursday in the first period. In the second period he laid the hit of the game on Predator forward Joel Ward, sending him crashing to the ice behind the Flames net.

Ward reacted by slashing Sarich on the ankle. After a little pushing and shoving the pair squared off with Sarich socring a convinving victory on all cards.

Not a bad night's work, really.

Phaneuf raises $40,000 for Alberta Children's Hospital

Flames defenceman Dion Pahneuf raised $40,000 Wednesday at a radio-thon to help raise funds for the Alberta Children's Hospital.

Dion Phaneuf at Alberta Children's Hospital

Phaneuf was on the radio and manning the phoens for a few hours in the afternoon during the annual event.

With most of the calls going to Flames team mates, coaches, team owners and key management personnel, he helped raise over $40,000. This is the second Radio-thon he's participated in.

Phaneuf is the official player ambassador for the hospital.

In the last year, he helped raise over $1.6 million dollars.

Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008
A new line?

The Calgary Flames tested out a new line at practice on Wednesday.

It featured Dustin Boyd centering Jarome Iginla and Mike Cammalleri. Boyd, who has largely been playing on the third line this season, has been a bit of a sparkplug lately and has been buzzing around the net.

Tough to tell with the Flames if the line will stick for Thursday's game against Nashville at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Indeed, lines change regularly throughout a game as coaches look for combinations that can provide momentum.

At practice on Wednesday the second line consisted of Rene Bourque, Todd Bertuzzi and Daymond Langkow.

Tuesday  Nov. 4, 2008
Gameday vs. Phoenix

The Phoenix Coyotes pay a visit to the Pengrowth Saddledome -- the second meeting of the season between the two teams. The Flames dominated the Coyotes 4-1 in Phoenix on Oct. 24 and will look to get back in the win column after having a six-game winning streak snapped on Sunday in Anaheim.

Flames vs. Coyotes
8 p.m. Sportsnet, The Fan 960

Gameday Video
Line-ups and Game Notes
Flames-Coyotes Preview
The Coyotes come into Calgary with a 1-3-0 record on the road. Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to make the start for the Coyotes. He is 3-4-0 this season and has a 1-5-0-1 regular season record against the Flames.

Miikka Kiprusoff, who is 8-3-0-1 lifetime against the Coyotes, is slated to get the start for the Flames.

Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr was to be a gametime decision. He suffered a lower body injury and missed the game Sunday in Anaheim. However, he was on the ice during the morning skate.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla usually has strong games against the Coyotes. Hehas 29 goals and 14 assists in 43 games against Phoenix. Earlier this season he had a three point night against the Coyotes.

Prior to the game the Flames will announce that Kiprusoff and defenceman Dion Phaneuf were the top point-earners in the Molson Cup Three Stars standings in October.

Kiprusoff, who finished first for the first month of the season, donated $1000 to the Alberta Children's Hospital while Phaneuf donated $500 to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Monday Nov. 3, 2008
Regehr day-to-day

The Calgary Flames have listed Robyn Regehr as day-to-day with  a lower body injury. The shut-down defenceman was hurt Saturday in Los Angeles.

Flames TV Online has all the highlights, feature interviews, pre-game and post-game comments from the dressing room and more.. 

Flames-Ducks Highlights 
Bertuzzi dangle goal

Head coach Mike Keenan said Regehr was examined by team doctors Monday morning.

"He is day-to-day. He is healthier than we expected so that is good news for us," said Keenan.

The Flames assistant captain was injured in a collision with Dustin Brown late in the third period at the Staples Center.

"it's unfortunate," Regehr told the Calgary Herald. "I'm a bigger guy and he's a smaller guy and when we met, something had to give."

Regehr has missed two games this season -- Sunday in Anaheim because the injury and the first game of the season against Vancouver as he was with his wife for the birth of their first child.

In his absence rookie Adam Pardy draws into the line-up. Pardy played about six minutes against the Ducks in a 3-2 loss on Sunday. Many of the extra minutes fell to Dion Phaneuf on Sunday as he played more than 34 minutes, a season high.

"He played 29 minutes the night before. I think that is too many minutes for him but we had put ourselves in a big hole and he is going to generate offence," said Keenan. "it is a little bit of a gamble because of the abandonment of your defensive posture but you have no other choice when you are down three goals. You have to find a different solution."

Keenan, however, likes the fact that Phaneuf can be a workhorse and log a lot of minutes.

"Those people who can play a lot of minutes and still be effective are very important," said Keenan, noting the Ducks have two defencemen, Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer, who regularly log 25 minutes a game. "You have to have those players who can log plenty of minutes."


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