Flames' Kiprusoff goes for milestone win on TSN, TSN.ca

TSN.ca Staff
2/8/2012 11:46:42 AM
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(Sports Network) - Miikka Kiprusoff aims for his 300th career win and the Flames look to inch closer to the eighth-place Minessota Wild in the Western Conference when Calgary visits the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion this evening.

The game can be seen live on TSN, TSN.ca and TSN Mobile TV, beginning at 10pm et/7pm pt. You can also join in on TSN.ca's live Game Night Blog.

The Flames trail Minnesota by three points and is coming off Monday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Ducks. Kiprusoff made 31 saves through overtime, but allowed three scores in the eight-round shootout. The final one came against fellow Finn and former teammate Niklas Hagman.

Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla both scored in regulation for the Flames, with Iginla reaching the 20-goal mark for a 13th straight season when he tied the game on a power-play marker at the 6:15 mark of the third.

Iginla, though, did fail to convert on a 2-on-1 rush with Tanguay in overtime, firing high over the crossbar. The Flames were not credited with a shot in the overtime session and have lost three of their last four. They also fell to 2-0-2 in their past four on the road.

"The game was more of a roller coaster ride. We battled back to get a point," Flames head coach Brent Sutter said. "In the shootout, you have good goalies making great saves and good players making great moves. They were fortunate to get one more past our goalie."

Kiprusoff is likely to get the call again tonight as he goes for his milestone win. He is 13-12-3 with a 2.79 goals-against average in 28 career starts versus the Sharks.

The Sharks welcome the Flames and Blackhawks to town over the next three nights before embarking on a nine-game road trip that runs from Feb. 12 through Feb. 26. San Jose has won five of its past six at home and is 17-8-2 as the host compared to a 12-7-4 mark on the road.

The Sharks return home after dropping a 5-3 decision to the hosting Coyotes on Saturday. Patrick Marleau scored to make it a one-goal game with 32 seconds left in regulation, but Phoenix potted an empty-net goal in the final second to restore the two-goal edge.

Marleau also had an assist and both Jamie McGinn and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who had a three-game win streak snapped. Antti Niemi finished with 19 saves and Ryan Clowe logged three assists, while Couture has four goals and nine points over a six-game point streak.

"We weren't very good," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said. "We weren't very good on pursuit, we weren't very good on coverage and we didn't create very much, so give them credit. They were well prepared and they established ice better than we did."

San Jose now holds just a two-point edge over Los Angeles for first place in the Pacific Division and began its recently-ended win streak with a 1-0 win over the hosting Flames on Jan. 24. Niemi posted a 25-save shutout in that one.

The Sharks also recorded a home win over the Flames seven days earlier and have won six of seven and eight of the past 11 encounters overall. That includes four straight wins as the host.

Miikka Kiprusoff (Photo: Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

TSN's Game Notes

SJ is 2-0-0 vs CGY this season, allowing 1G

SJ has won 5 straight vs CGY, 3 in a row at home in that span

SJ has gone 3-1-1 over their past 5 games, outscoring their opponent 16-8

SJ has gone 5-1-0 over their past 6 home games, going 5/8 on the PK

SJ(71.2%) has the leagues worst home PK

Couture has 4G, 5A during a 6 game PT streak

CGY has gone 1-2-1 over their past 4 games, scoring 3G at even strength

CGY has gone 2-4-3 over their past 9 on the road, being outscored 30-18

CGY has gone 18/18 on the PK over their past 7 games (3-2-2)

Tanguay has 1G, 3A during a 3 game PT streak

Kiprusoff has 299 career wins, won first ever game in SJ (with Sharks vs ANA Mar 29/01)

Kiprusoff has gone 3-5-3 over his past 11 road starts, with a .918sv%

For games notes for all of tonight's games, click here.

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