DETROIT (AP) _ When Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff made the final save of his
shutout against the Detroit Red Wings, he held the puck above his head as the
game-ending blue light went on behind him.
``It was so loud, I didn't know if it was over right away,'' Kiprusoff said.
``Then, I looked up and saw the score and held my glove high. That was a great
The scoreboard hanging over center ice read: Calgary 1, Red Wings 0.
Craig Conroy scored with 3:53 left in the second period and Kiprusoff made
31 saves to lead the Flames over Detroit in Game 5 on Saturday.
Calgary leads 3-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series,
and can eliminate the star-studded Red Wings with a win at home Monday night.
If necessary, Game 7 will be in Detroit on Wednesday.
``We don't want to come back,'' said Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who had
the only assist on the game's lone goal.
Kiprusoff's second shutout of the playoffs was the first against the Red
Wings in Detroit since 1997, 52 postseason games ago.
The Red Wings pulled goaltender Curtis Joseph with 48 seconds left, put
pressure on Kiprusoff, but could not get a shot past him.
``He made the saves. I don't know if he saw every one of them,'' Detroit
coach Dave Lewis said. ``He made some big saves against a team with big-time
About four minutes before Conroy scored, Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman
left the game with an injury.
Detroit's Mathieu Schneider fired a shot that ricocheted in front of
Kiprusoff and hit Yzerman squarely in the face as he stood to the left of the
Yzerman, who doesn't wear a face shield, immediately dropped to the ice and
kicked his legs in pain as he was sprawled out. After being down for a couple
minutes, with the crowd watching in stunned silence, Yzerman was helped to the
dressing room as a towel was held near his left eye.
``I think everybody on the bench was stunned,'' Lewis said.
Yzerman went to a hospital for X-rays, and the Red Wings are expected to
update his condition after they practice in Detroit on Sunday.
Joe Louis Arena was quiet for a different reason when the game ended.
Before the playoffs started, the Presidents' Trophy-winning Red Wings were
favored to win the Stanley Cup for the fourth time in eight years. But they are
now one loss away from an early exit.
``It's not impossible to win in Calgary,'' Detroit defenseman Mathieu
Dandenault said. ``We've done it before (in Game 4) and I know this team can do
it again, and I know we can win this series.''
The Flames, in the playoffs for the first time since 1996, are in the second
round for the first time since winning the Cup in 1989.
``It's a performance that you can say on a scale of 1-10, of what we put in,
that's a 10,'' Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said.
Kiprusoff, a Vezina Trophy finalist, had the first postseason shutout of his
career in the first round on April 13 against Vancouver.
``He's been like this all year,'' Iginla said. ``He's been the best goalie
in the NHL. He doesn't ever get rattled.''
All Kiprusoff needed was Conroy's goal.
Conroy passed the puck from the right boards to Iginla in the corner, then
skated to the right circle where his wrist shot went over Joseph's left
shoulder. Joseph made 20 saves.
Both teams started the game without a key player.
Calgary forward Ville Nieminen was suspended for one game by the NHL for
charging Joseph with four seconds left in Game 4 on Thursday night in Calgary.
Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios missed his third straight playoff game
because of an undisclosed injury.