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Shutting The Door On The Preds

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames




2011-12 Game No. 23; Home Game No. 11
Flames Record: 10-12-1

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT - SMITH'S FIRST NHL GOAL
FULL HIGHLIGHTS ›KIPPER'S BIG STOP› GAME GALLERY ›THE FIVE TAKEAWAYS ›


CALGARYFLAMES.COM 3 STARS
1st STAR
MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF

GOALTENDER - CGY

SHOTS AGAINST: 26 | SAVES: 26
SAVE PERCENTAGE: 1.00

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2nd STAR
TJ BRODIE

DEFENCE - CGY

GOALS: 0 | ASST: 1 | SHOTS: 1 | +/-: +1
TOI: 18:14 | PIM: 0

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3rd STAR
BLAKE COMEAU

LEFT WING - CGY

GOALS: 0 | ASST: 0 | SHOTS: 1 | +/-: 0
TOI: 15:15 | HITS: 6

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CALGARY, AB -- Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 26 shots, earning his first shutout of the season, in the Calgary Flames 1-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Kiprusoff has recorded 41 shutouts in his career with 38 of those coming in a Flames jersey.

The netminder is now 18-10-2-2 in his career against Nashville.

"It’s a pretty nice feeling," said Kiprusoff afterwards. "Playing with that team, you know it’s going to be close. They have pretty good goalie there, so we know we have to play tight and try to use our chances."

Calgary's defence corps took quite the hit in the first period when Mark Giordano and Chris Butler sustained injuries.

Giordano was struck in the ankle with a puck while blocking a shot and tried valiently to make it back to the bench but fell to the ice after just a few strides.

Butler was hit in the face after a pass was deflected high. He immediately went to the locker room for repairs and was able to return in the second period.

Despite being short two men on the blueline, it was two defenceman that got the Flames on the board in the first frame.

Derek Smith opened the scoring at 18:50, converting an excellent pass from TJ Brodie. It was Smith's first NHL goal, making him the third member of the team to notch their first career tally this season.

‘"Rinne’s a tough goalie," said Smith . "You definitely got to take advantage. He’s one of the best goalies in the league. If he’s going to see it, he’s going to stop it."

Jarome Iginla also assisted on the goal, pushing his points total to 12. The Flames captain has points in three of his last four games.

Nashville nearly evened the score late in the third period when Blake Comeau was called for hooking at 14:46 but a few lucky bounces and some great saves from Kiprusoff preserved the win for the Flames.

"It was one of those games where we didn’t give up many chances, but when we did, Kipper was there to back us up," Smith stated. "He was our best player tonight."

PHOTO OF THE GAME
BY THE NUMBERS
STAT OF THE NIGHT
After resident shot-blocker Mark Giordano left the game with a lower body injury, Scott Hannan picked up the slack in that department. He threw his body in front of four shots which accounted for 1/3 of the Flames blocked shots.

FLAMES LEADERS
Icetime -- Bouwmeester (28:29)
Shots -- Iginla, Jokinen (4)
Hits -- Comeau (6)
Blocks -- Hannan (4)
Takeaways -- Horak (2)
Faceoff Wins -- Tanguay (2, 100%)
TWEET OF THE NIGHT:
@NHLFlames Wow alex tanguay is skilled. Did you see that move? Too bad rinne saved it or we would've been replaying that on all year


FLAMES LINEUP VS. NASHVILLE
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Curtis Glencross Olli Jokinen Jarome Iginla
Alex Tanguay Roman Horak Rene Bourque
Blake Comeau Mikael Backlund Lee Stempniak
Tom Kostopoulos Matt Stajan Tim Jackman
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Scott Hannan Mark Giordano
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler
Derek Smith TJ Brodie
Goaltenders: Miikka Kiprusoff, Henrik Karlsson
Starting Lineup: Kiprusoff, Bouwmeester, Butler, Glencross, Jokinen, Iginla
POWERPLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Rene Bourque Jarome Iginla Lee Stempniak
Alex Tanguay Olli Jokinen Blake Comeau
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
PENALTY KILL UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Alex Tanguay Curtis Glencross
Blake Comeau Lee Stempniak
DEFENCE PAIRINGS
Left Defence Right Defence
Scott Hannan Mark Giordano
Jay Bouwmeester Chris Butler
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