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Flames make history in win over Preds

by Brian Compton / NHL.com
Miikka Kiprusoff's 33rd career shutout came in historic fashion on Monday night.

The Calgary Flames, who certainly have had some great teams in the past, recorded points in 10 consecutive games for the first time in franchise history with an impressive 5-0 win against the previously-hot Nashville Predators at the Sommet Center.

It was the third shutout of the season for Kiprusoff, who also blanked Detroit 3-0 on Friday night.

''You have to have trust in your teammates that they are going to do their jobs,'' defenseman Adam Pardy said. ''With Miikka behind us we are pretty confident standing up, forcing teams to dump pucks, staying up on the rush and not allowing the other team too much time to make plays.''

Jarome Iginla and Curtis Glencross each had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who have won four straight and three in a row on the road.

''We did a real good job of playing smart hockey,'' Calgary coach Brent Sutter said. ''Our puck management was very good. We were able to capitalize in the third period and get three goals. I would say it was a very good effort on everyone's part.''

After a scoreless first period that saw the Flames outshoot the Preds by a 12-6 margin, David Moss gave Calgary the lead 92 seconds into the second period when he beat Pekka Rinne (25 saves) on a breakaway.

''I think we stuck with our game plan the whole way through,'' Moss said. ''When you do those little things right over and over again it wears the other team down.''

Nigel Dawes made it 2-0 just over three minutes later via the power play. With Ryan Suter in the penalty box, Dawes fired his own rebound past Rinne for his eighth goal of the season.

''Nigel is getting in those areas to score goals,'' Sutter said. ''He is just playing a really intelligent game. He has found some consistency and has certainly taken his game to a level that we would like to see him play at every night.''

Calgary connected three more times in the third period. Pardy tallied his second goal of the season at 8:09 on a slap shot from the top of the slot before Glencross scored into an empty net at 16:01. With Rinne back between the pipes, Iginla made it 5-0 via the power play with 1:07 to go.

''Calgary didn't allow us to get our energy going, plain and simple,'' Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. ''We shouldn't be a tired team. We've got to come out of the gates quicker. If the players say they're tired, I'd say that's an excuse.''
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