Kiprusoff makes 24 saves to lead Flames to 3-0 win over Blues

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The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Kiprusoff has been in net for all five wins and has played superb, looking like the goalie that won the Vezina Trophy last season as the NHL's top goaltender. Kiprusoff has a 1.00 goals-against average and a .965 save percentage over the streak. It was Kiprusoff's third shutout of the season and 20th of his career

The 30-year-old Finn's best save of the night came early in the second with the Flames leading 1-0. While down on the ice, Kiprusoff acrobatically swung out his pad to get his toe on a low shot off the stick of Blues leading goal scorer Bill Guerin.

Daymond Langkow, Kristian Huselius, and Andrew Ference scored for the Flames (8-7-2).

Calgary is enjoying its longest winning streak since winning eight in a row last November, a run that came after the team got off to a similarly slow start as this year.

St. Louis (5-9-3) lost for the fourth time in its last five. The Blues began a five game road trip, their longest of the season. Next up is Edmonton on Thursday night followed by Vancouver the next night.

Kiprusoff got all the offence he would need three minutes into the game when the Flames executed a pretty three-way passing play. Jarome Iginla zipped a cross-ice pass to Alex Tanguay, who slid the puck back across the front of the net to Langkow for an easy tap-in into an open net.

The Flames thought they had struck again later when Langkow's pass across to Tanguay was one-timed on goal from nearly the same spot, but this time Sanford was able to make a brilliant save stabbing the puck with his glove.

Sanford strained a groin on the play, and after video review confirmed the puck did not cross the goal-line, he was replaced by Manny Legace.

The lead stayed at 1-0 until the second minute of the third period when Huselius struck short-handed.

Doug Weight lost the puck at the St. Louis blue-line, and Huselius gathered it in and streaked in alone, ripping a shot over the glove of Legace.

Ference rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal at 16:34 of the third.

Notes: A pre-game ceremony honoured Calgary radio play-by-play voice Peter Maher and owner Harley Hotchkiss for their induction Monday into the Hockey Hall of Fame. ... Maher's daughter Tricia sang both of the national anthems. ... Doug Weight's next game will be the 1000th of his NHL career. ... Out of the St. Louis line-up was D Matt Walker (groin) and RW Dan Hinote (neck), who were both hurt Sunday night versus Edmonton. Making his season debut for the Blues was RW Mike Glumac. ... Blues LW Keith Tkachuk saw his seven-game points streak snapped.