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Kiprusoff hits the 300-win mark

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

First win: 03/29/2001 (SJS 7 vs. ANA 4)
First shutout: 01/05/2002 (SJS 6 vs. FLA 0)
Most shots faced: 46 (12/11/2009 vs. MIN)
Most saves: 44 (12/11/2009 vs. MIN)
Longest win streak: 7 games (Nov. 1-17, 2005)
Longest shutout sequence: 161:11

SAN JOSE, CA -- On Wednesday night, Miikka Kiprusoff's 34-save performance against the San Jose Sharks pushed him to 300 career wins.

Kiprusoff is just the 27th goaltender in NHL history to reach the plateau.

"It’s a nice number," he said. "But right now, it’s not that big of a deal. It’s a nice. But right now, we have an opportunity where we might get into the playoffs. We need those points. But yeah, it’s a good number."

The 35 year-old is in the midst of a stellar season. He is sixth in the League in wins with 24, fourth in games played with 47, and fifth in overall minutes played with 2,735:27 under his belt.

In the 1320 shots he has faced this year, he's allowed just 105. His save percentage currently sits at .920 while his GAA is 2.30.

"Honestly, this is the best I’ve seen him,” Jarome Iginla told the media after the win. "I know he’s won the Vezina before, but I don’t know if he could have played any better than he has this year."

Kiprusoff has been an absolute workhorse since being traded to Calgary by San Jose on Nov. 16, 2003 for conditional draft pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He's averaged 74 games per season over the course of the past six years and has put in 52 games for the Flames in the postseason.

Kiprusoff's illustrious career includes a bronze medal with Finland in the 2010 Winter Olympics,  winning the Vezina Trophy in the 2005-06 campaign, being named a finalist for the Hart Trophy when the 2005-06 season concluded, snagging the William Jennings Trophy in 2005-06, two silver medals at the World Championships (1999 & 2001), a silver medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and a trip Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004.

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