Posted on February 18, 2012
Kiprusoff Steals Two points, Flames in Playoff Position: Calgary 1 – LA 0
Recording his 4th shutout of the season, Miikka Kiprusoff back stopped the Flames to victory giving the team their first playoff position for over a year (and first this season). Sitting alone in 8th thanks to timely saves by their goalie, Calgary can now take a few days off and prep for the Oilers on Tuesday.
Scoring woes continue for Calgary, the first line didn’t score which usually means nobody will score. Thankfully amazing stops by Kipper meant any goal by any body would translate into a win. That has been typical of games between these two teams; LA is the league’s lowest scoring team too.
Mike Cammalleri scored the game’s lone goal off a lucky bounce off the net. He was also crucial in the faceoff dot, finally giving the Flames a legitimate centerman who can win draws.
Sitting in 8th place for the first time this season also means the team is walking on thin ice. Any loss puts them out, any win can put them into 6th. That’s pretty much going to be the case all the way to the nail biting finish.