NHL - Kiprusoff helps Flames shut out Senators

Reuters - Fri, 12 Mar 07:26:00 2010

Miikka Kiprusoff made 33 saves to lead the Calgary Flames to a 2-0 home victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, from Finland, makes the save on a shot by Vancouver Canucks' Steve Bernier - 0

Kiprusoff recorded his 30th win of the season for the fifth consecutive year and team mates Jamal Mayers and Christopher Higgins scored a goal each to give the Flames their fourth straight victory.

Ottawa fired 17 shots at Kiprusoff in the third but could not break through as the netminder recorded his fourth shutout of the season and 34th of his career.

"They (Ottawa) carried the play most of the night and had, I think, the better of the chances," Higgins said.

Calgary displayed strong defense in front of Kiprusoff throughout with Mark Giordano claiming six blocks and Cory Sarich finishing with five.

With the win, Calgary (34-24-9) moved into a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference with the Nashville Predators.

"It feels good, Mayers said. "I feel like our line can chip in. It might not be every night, but we're going (to) get a lot of opportunities."

Mayers opened the scoring at 5:29 in the first with a wrister, his first goal for the Flames since joining on Jan. 31 from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

After both teams went scoreless in the second the Flames added the clincher with Higgins' slap shot at 9:05 in the third.

It was a fourth loss in five games for the Senators (37-26-5) for whom goaltender Brian Elliot made 23 saves.


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