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Kiprusoff backstops Flames to win over reeling Blackhawks

Feb 4, 2012 - 5:41 AM Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 26 shots and set a new franchise record in Calgary's 3-1 victory over Chicago at the Saddledome.

Kiprusoff became the club's all-time leader in games played (527), surpassing Mike Vernon.

Olli Jokinen, Jay Bouwmeester and Jarome Iginla tallied for the Flames, who put the brakes on a two-game skid.

"You're playing a very good hockey team that's coming off a tough loss and we knew they were going to come here ready to play," Flames head coach Brent Sutter said about Chicago. "We also knew that we had lost three in a row at home and we wanted to get back on track before we hit the road."

Brent Seabrook provided the lone offense for the Blackhawks, who have dropped five in a row.

Ray Emery allowed three goals on 32 shots in defeat.

"I think stretches like this get your attention and as a team you learn from this," Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville said about his team's recent struggles. "We haven't really had a challenge like this all year and it's up to us to recapture how we felt earlier in the year and know what it takes to win."

Iginla provided insurance with 7:21 remaining, skating into an Alex Tanguay feed just outside the Chicago blue line, racing in alone and beating Emery with a backhander.

Jokinen gave the hosts a one-goal edge at the 12:24 mark of the first, when he picked a loose puck out of Iginla's skates and fired off the left post and in.

Seabrook equalized inside the final 30 seconds by one-timing a Patrick Kane pass home from a sharp angle to Kisprusoff's left.

Bouwmeester followed up a Blair Jones rebound and ripped a shot low and inside the left post for a power-play score and 2-1 Calgary lead with 1:04 to play in the second.

Game Notes

The season series ended with both clubs winning a pair of games on home ice...Kiprusoff set the mark in less than eight full seasons with the Flames, while Vernon played in 526 games for Calgary in parts of 11 seasons between 1982-94 and won a Stanley Cup in 1989...Tanguay posted two assists for Calgary.