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The Kiprusoff factor

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
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DETROIT -- The Calgary Flames started their longest road trip of the season on the right foot -- with a win.

And to do it they got superb goaltending from Miikka Kiprusoff and a couple of goals from the first line, namely Olli Jokinen and Jamie Lundmark, who scored at the 28 second and 25 second marks in the first and third period, respectively.

"It got us rolling," said Lundmark of his first of the season. "As a team we had a good first period. Kipper was outstandingt and the penalty kil was great," said Lundmark.

NIgel Dawes scored a goal in between in the second period, his second goal in as many games.

Kiprusoff was at his best in turning away all 40 shots he faced, many of them during abut 10 minutes of power play time for the Wings.

The Flames will get little rest as they are back in action Saturday against the Columbus Blue Nigel Dawes scored his sixth of the seaon shis secon din as many gamesJackets at tehey continue their six-game road trip.

WHY CALGARY WON

Well, we'll say Miikka Kirusoff was pretty darn good in stopping all 40 shots he faced for his 32nd career shutout. The Flames had 12 shots through two periods while Kiprusoff continuted to make save after save. The guy is playing as good as he ever has and the Flames  know it. If he falters, they run into trouble. With a game in Columbus on Saturday, there is not much to regroup as a team. The message? They can't always count on the goalie. Does Curtis McElhinney get the start Saturday?

THE WOW FACTOR

Okay, they are the Detroit Red Wings and they get slack cut in their favour. How does Daymond Langkow take a roughing penatly in the first trying to avoid a hit and how does Curtis Glencross get the phantom slashing call in the second period? On the plus side as far as the refereees, they actually called Detroit for in the crease, which disallowed a goall. Impressive but the Red Wings are still original six and still getting breaks from the officials. For the record, the Flames killed off six power plays while the Red Wings only had to kill off two.




THE NUMBERS GAME

Jarome Iginla registered assist 450 and 451 tonight...The Flames had just two power plays and didn't score on either...This was Miikka Kiprusoff's 32nd career shutout...The Flames had just 17 shots on net but made them count...Those 17 shots are the lowest shot total in a game for the Flames this season...The Red Wings had two goals disallowed, one for being in the crease and another because the whistle had blown...This was the second time in as many games that the Wings, considered an offensive powerhouse, had been shutout.




OUR 3 STARS

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla

Jokinen
Miikka Kiprusoff
Big time goaltending on the road against a strong team
Jarome Iginla
Two helpers in a strong game, linemates feed off his passes
Olli Jokinen
Goal, assist for the center who is finally finding his way

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