CALGARY, AB -- Despite a 40 minute delay, the Calgary Flames were able to come out and blank the Ottawa Senators 2-0 to maintain their hold on 8th place in the Western Conference.
Miikka Kiprusoff was superb in the victory, posting his 34th career shutout and 4th this season.
"It's a huge win," Kiprusoff said. "They have a pretty skilled team. They have a good power play and our (penalty kiliers) did a great job."
The Flames frustrated the Senators all night by taking away shooting lanes and blocking any shot they could. Over the course of 60 minutes, the Flames blocked 30 shots. Kiprusoff was quick to point this stat out after the game, crediting the win to his team's willingness to dive in front of any shot they could.
"If you block the shot, there isn't going to be a rebound and a scoring chance. The penalty kill did a great job and it helps a lot."
When questioned about earning the shutout, Kiprusoff just smiled and shrugged.
"Yeah, it's nice. That's what I try to do (all the time)."
Jamal Mayers opened the scoring at 5:29 of the first period, notching his first as a member of the Flames. Curtis Glencross crashed through the defense behind the net, made a quick pass to Mayers and he wasted no time in slapping it high over Brian Elliott's glove.
"I was a little bit more patient than I normally am," Mayers chuckled. "It was a nice play by Glennie and I had enough time to get it back to my forehand and just got lucky."
The Flames were able to put another one past Elliott in the third period when Chris Higgins scored his second goal in as many games. Ian White made a timely pinch and snapped the puck across the ice to a waiting Higgins. The new Flame wired a one-timer that beat the Ottawa netminder high glove side.
The Flames head back on the road this weekend for a quick one-game road swing. They'll take on their divisional rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, on Sunday night. The puck drops at 8:00 p.m. MST on Sportsnet West & The FAN 960.
|WHY THE FLAMES WON |
|It wasn't the prettiest game either team has played but the Flames realized it was going to have to be a gritty effort right from the start and committed themselves to playing that type of game. Their defensive game was excellent, blocking 30 shots and allowing Kiprusoff a clear view of the shots they didn't dive in front of. Goaltending played a huge part in the victory as Kiprusoff had one of his finest performances of the season. |
|GAME NOTES |
|The Flames scratched D Adam Pardy, F Brian McGrattan, F Nigel Dawes & F Mikael Backlund. The Senators sat out D Filip Kuba and F Chris Kelly ... the game was delayed for 45 minutes due to a broken pane of glass. |
|TODAY'S DIGITS |
|1 - Mayers scored his 1st as a member of the Flames. He has 3 goals in total this season. |
8 - Shots total in the first period. Both team managed to put 4 on net in the opening stanza.
30 - Blocked shots by the Flames, 6 by Mark Giordano who lead his team in the category.
2 - Goals in 2 games for Higgins.
25:13 - Ice time for Jay Bouwmeester. He led all skaters in this category.
|"Guys are paying the price and that's what you've got to do to win games like this." - Kiprusoff on the team's shot blocking |
"It was a tough game. I didn't think it was a great game by any means by both teams. It was a real struggle to get into after waiting for about 45 minutes there right off the start. Lots of cement in legs you could see." - Robyn Regehr on the feel of the contest.
"It was a little bit strange but we just tried to stay loose in here, stay as stretched out as we could and be ready to go." - Mayers on how the team dealt with the 45 minute delay.
|HARDEST WORKING FLAMES |
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|Miikka Kiprusoff |
Spectacular all night, recorded his 34th career shutout
| ||Jamal Mayers |
Pure grit in all 3 periods, scored his 1st as a Flame
| ||Mark Giordano |
He led all players in blocked shots with 6, +1 in 20:27 ice time