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Kiprusoff regains form as Flames down Capitals

Oct 22, 2008 - 5:06 AM CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Miikka Kiprusoff finally looked like a Vezina Trophy-caliber goaltender.

Kiprusoff stopped 30 shots and Matthew Lombardi netted the game-winning goal as the Calgary Flames skated to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

Captain Jarome Iginla also tallied for Calgary, which beat Washington for the first time in nine meetings. It was thanks in large part to the embattled Kiprusoff, who entered with a 4.37 goals-against average - a far cry from his 2.69 mark of a season ago.

However, the Finnish netminder held reigning Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin in check in this one and helped the Flames pick up their first win over the Capitals since March 13, 1999. Calgary had gone 0-6-2 in its previous eight games against Washington.

"A very sharp goaltender tonight," Flames coach Mike Keenan said. "Very, very sharp. That looked like Miikka tonight."

Kiprusoff's performance was even more impressive considering he helped contain a Capitals team that entered sixth in the league with 20 goals.

"I think this was my strongest game," said Kiprusoff, who won the Vezina in 2006. "Now I just have to keep it up. I think it helps give confidence to our team to play good defense against a good offensive team."

"In the third period, I had a couple good chances, but I just missed the net and my shots were bouncing," said Ovechkin, who notched an assist. "He's a good goalie, he makes lots of big saves. "

Kiprusoff allowed the game's first goal to Sergei Fedorov, who tied Alexander Mogilny for the most tallies by a Russian-born player (473). Fedorov tipped in a pass from defenseman Jeff Schultz at 4:21 of the first period for a 1-0 edge.

"Kipper looked sharp all game and didn't look like he was going to be beat after that tip-in," Iginla said. "You're not going to shut down a team like that from getting chances, but he was on his game, no question."

But Iginla tied it just one minute into the second session, when he took advantage of a miscue by Shaone Morrisonn. The defenseman failed to clear the puck from his own zone, allowing Iginla to gather the loose puck and fire a slap shot from the right side that trickled past goaltender Jose Theodore.

Lombardi put the Flames ahead just 1:42 later. During a 3-on-2 rush, he received a pass from Dustin Boyd and beat Theodore to the stick side with a wrist shot.

"I think everyone had a part in that game," Lombardi said. "Everyone chipped in somehow. It was a big team game for us."

Kiprusoff was strong early, as he and the Flames survived a lengthy power play in the opening period after Rene Bourque received a pair of minor penalties and a five-minute major for fighting at 7:33. Washington's Tyler Sloan, the player with which Bourque was angry because of a hard hit on teammate Daymond Langkow, did not get called for a penalty.

"In that nine minutes, we have to score goals," Ovechkin said. "What we tried didn't work. I think we can make some nice plays and passes, but we didn't play how we can play on the power play."

"It was a huge job by Kipper and our PK," Iginla said. "You get in that position, with their power play and skill, if they get on a roll, it could be a different game. That was a huge point (of the game) for our team."

Theodore stopped 26 shots for Washington, which went 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Calgary was just 1-for-9 on the power play.

"We were up 1-0 when we had that nine-minute power play," Theodore said. "It would have been nice to get a couple, but give them credit - I thought they played with a lot of energy and desperate hockey throughout the game."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    WASHINGTON 1 0 0 1
    CALGARY 0 2 0 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - SERGEI FEDOROV 1 (JEFF SCHULTZ, ALEX OVECHKIN) 4:21
    2ND PRD: CGY - (PP) JAROME IGINLA 2 (UNASSISTED) 1:00
    CGY - MATTHEW LOMBARDI 1 (DUSTIN BOYD, DAVID MOSS) 2:42
    3RD PRD: NONE
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: WAS - 0 OF

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 0 1
    CALGARY 0 2 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - SERGEI FEDOROV 1 (JEFF SCHULTZ, ALEX OVECHKIN) 4:21
    2ND PRD: CGY - (PP) JAROME IGINLA 2 (UNASSISTED) 1:00
    CGY - MATTHEW LOMBARDI 1 (DUSTIN BOYD, DAVID MOSS) 2:42
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD

    Oct 21 11:08 PM


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    WASHINGTON 1
    CALGARY 2
    2ND PRD: CGY - MATTHEW LOMBARDI 1 (DUSTIN BOYD, DAVID MOSS) 2:42

    Capitals 1, Flames 2  2nd - 17:18Oct 21 10:43 PM


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    WASHINGTON 1
    CALGARY 1
    2ND PRD: CGY - (PP) JAROME IGINLA 2 (UNASSISTED) 1:00 (TWO-MAN
    ADVANTAGE)

    Capitals 1, Flames 1  2nd - 19:00Oct 21 10:36 PM
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 1 1
    CALGARY 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - SERGEI FEDOROV 1 (JEFF SCHULTZ, ALEX OVECHKIN) 4:21
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WAS 9 9
    CGY 11 11
    GOALIES: WAS - JOSE THEODORE
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    WASHINGTON 1
    CALGARY 0
    1ST PRD: WAS - SERGEI FEDOROV 1 (JEFF SCHULTZ, ALEX OVECHKIN) 4:21

    Capitals 1, Flames 0  1st - 15:39Oct 21 9:47 PM