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Kiprusoff, Flames blank Rangers

By Larry Fleisher

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- During the second period, Miikka Kiprusoff

faced one shot after another and waited for his teammates to

finally get one on Henrik Lundqvist. When they finally did, it

resulted in the game-winning goal.

Kiprusoff made 31 saves and captain Jarome Iginla scored with

4:10 remaining in the second as the Calgary Flames posted a 3-0

victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

David Moss tallied for the fourth straight contest as the Flames

won for the seventh time in nine games.

Rene Bourque added a shorthanded goal for Calgary, which

improved to 2-0-0 on a four-game trip that ends with difficult

back-to-back games in Montreal and Detroit.

The Flames were able to secure the win due to Kiprusoff, who

stopped 11 shots in the first, 12 in the second and nine more in

the third. It was his third shutout of the season and 29th

career.

"Kipper was great," Iginla said. "He had a great night and we

were opportunistic," Iginla said. "We had two shots and to be

able to come out of the second with a lead was a huge boost for

us."

Calgary went the first 15:48 without a shot on Lundqvist, but it

was a wrist shot from defenseman Dion Phaneuf that setup the

game-winner. Two seconds later, the rebound went into the net as

Iginla swept a backhander past Lundqvist from the right

doorstep.

"It's big," Kiprusoff said. "That's how it usually happens like

that. I make some saves in my end and then your teammates just

fly and shoot the puck and score. It's nice."

Iginla scored his 14th goal after Rangers defenseman Dmitri

Kalinin was unable to clear it from the crease. Michael

Cammalleri warded off defenseman Michal Rozsival and dished it

to Iginla.

Before Iginla tallied, the Flames missed the net four times and

had a shot by defenseman Adrian Aucoin go off the crossbar.

"It's a matter of putting the puck in the net because we had a

number of situations that we generated, 2-on-1s, 3-on-1s and we

misfired," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said.

While Iginla's tally decided the contest, Moss' eighth gave the

Flames some more breathing room. He put the Flames up 2-0 just

1:52 into the third after he drove to the net and tapped in Todd

Bertuzzi's centering feed.

It marked the second straight game that Iginla and Moss scored

key goals as these tallies came after they struck in the third

period Friday in St. Louis.

Coming off an ugly 6-2 loss in Montreal, the Rangers once again

fell behind at home, but this time were unable to pull off

another shootout victory. They were unable to solve Kiprusoff

and were blanked on home ice for the second time in eight days.

"It wasn't a good game," New York center Scott Gomez said. "We

have to find a way to put it up or in."

The Rangers had a chance to get back into it with 3:43 remaining

in the third when Aucoin's hooking penalty gave them a power

play. They failed to capitalize and Bourque won a race to his

rebound, circled the net and slipped the puck past Lundqvist.

"They got some fluky goals tonight, and that's too bad because I

think we worked hard for our chances and they didn't have to

work that hard for theirs," Lundqvist said.

New York last won a regulation game on November 24 when it had a

three-goal victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Since then, the

Rangers have won three shootouts and been outscored, 15-4, in

their last four contests.

The frustration started early for New York when Ryan Callahan

was stopped just 12 seconds into the game, resulting in the

first of four man advantages. Those proved fruitless as the

Rangers fell to 3-for-30 over the last eight contests and

surrendered their league-worst eighth shorthanded goal.

"That really got him on the mark," Keenan said. "It was a

little bit of a surprise. He looked ready from that point on."

After robbing Callahan, Kiprusoff denied rookie Lauri

Korpikoski's point-blank attempt with 7:40 remaining in the

third and then made two more big stops during New York's final

power play.

"We knew they'd be ready and we tried to weather the early storm

and try to keep as many shots as we could to the outside,"

Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "I thought Miikka did a

great job and made some tremendous saves when he needed him to."

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