Calgary Flames-Minnesota Wild: Kiprusoff Gives Up Four, Calgary’s Streak Ended

January 6th, 2010 by John Engel Leave a reply »
Looking to win their sixth straight game, the Calgary Flames (25-12-5) visited the Minnesota Wild (20-20-3) on Wednesday atop the Northwest Division. Goaltending has been the key to Flames' success during the streak, allowing only five goals in as many games. They would look for continued success against the Wild. 

Calgary, who are on the heals of 3-1 win over the predators, were in the midst of another great performance by Miikka Kiprusoff in net. Kiprusoff, who stopped 27 shots in Tuesday's game, would finally have any easier night against a Wild team that has only netted four goals in the last eight games, or so he thought.

The action began very quickly at Xcel Energy Center for the Flames, who scored their first goal of the game from a snapshot delivered by Olli Jockinen at 1:34. However, the Wild wouldn't stay behind for long.

After the penalty against Calgary by Mark Giordano for interference, Eric Belanger scored from 39 feet away, with the help of a tip in, on Finnish Olympian goaltender, Kiprusoff. 

The Flames continued to struggle with penalties for the rest of the first period, but effective work by the PKU e ...

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