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Kiprusoff busy and good day after signing big extension with Flames wire reports

CALGARY, Alberta -- Miikka Kiprusoff showed why Calgary gave him a $35 million contract extension.

Kiprusoff made 39 saves and Jarome Iginla scored twice to help the Calgary Flames beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 Tuesday.

"I'm really happy with it, it's good for both me and for the Flames and I can't ask for more," Kiprusoff said of his six-year deal. "I was pretty confident it was going to happen at some point. I knew they were going to sign me," Kiprusoff said. "I knew they wanted to keep me here. I wanted to stay here. I like it here. It's a good team and my family likes it here. I was positive it was going to happen."

The NHL's 2006 Vezina Trophy winner was sharp from the opening faceoff, making solid stops against David Legwand and Rich Peverley in the game's opening minutes.

Iginla, who signed his own long-term extension with the Flames in July, scored his seventh goal of the season at 3:59 of the first, just seven seconds into the Flames' first power play.

"It's a huge, huge move," Iginla said. "People always say he's in the top three but we think he's been the best goalie in the NHL the past few seasons. He's not only a great goalie but he's a very good teammate too and an easy guy to play with."

Daymond Langkow zipped a pass to Iginla, who one-timed a shot past goaltender Chris Mason.

Matthew Lombardi, Kristian Huselius and Eric Nystrom also scored for Calgary, 4-1-1 in the first six games of a season-high seven-game homestand.

Alexander Radulov scored for Nashville, which began a five-game road trip with its fifth consecutive loss away from home, where the Predators have been outscored 21-3.

One of Kiprusoff's most pivotal stops came in the second period with the Flames up 2-0 and on a two-man advantage.

Legwand broke away down the right side but after side-stepping Dion Phaneuf, he was thwarted from 10 feet out.

Less than a minute later, Huselius mishandled the puck in front of the net, only to have it slide right through Mason's pads.

Kiprusoff's shutout bid was snapped 2:31 into the third period when Radulov moved into the slot and snapped a perfect shot into the top corner from 30 feet out on the power play.

The Predators broke a 177 minute, 44 second road scoring drought with the goal.

"When we're on the road, it's us against everyone, we don't have any fans, it's going to take all 20 guys in this dressing room to turn this thing around, no one else is going to do it for us," Nashville's Jordin Tootoo said.


  • Nystrom, son of former NHL player Bob Nystrom, scored his first career goal in his fourth NHL game.
  • It was Calgary's 100th consecutive regular season sellout.
  • Langkow played in his 800th career NHL game.
  • Calgary D Anders Eriksson returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch four games in a row. He was inserted for David Hale.
  • The game's final two periods were played with just one linesman after Brian Mach left with the flu.
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Miikka Kiprusoff makes good on his new big bucks contract with the Flames with 39 saves for a win. (AP)
Miikka Kiprusoff makes good on his new big bucks contract with the Flames with 39 saves for a win. (AP)
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Three Stars
M. Kiprusoff

Saves: 39
Save Pct.: .975
J. Iginla

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
D. Langkow

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
03:59Power Play - Jarome Iginla (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Daymond Langkow, Kristian Huselius
01:40Matthew Lombardi (5), Backhand Shot. Assist: Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay
05:07Power Play - Kristian Huselius (7), Tip-In. Assist: Daymond Langkow, Alex Tanguay
02:31Power Play - Alexander Radulov (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Ryan Suter, Marek Zidlicky
14:29Eric Nystrom (1), Tip-In. Assist: David Moss, Matthew Lombardi
19:06Jarome Iginla (9), Tip-In. Assist: Alex Tanguay
Penalty Summary
03:52Smithson, 2 min, Tripping
12:29Bonk, 2 min, Boarding
14:19Nolan, 2 min, Interference
03:07Radulov, 2 min, Holding
04:09Fiddler, 2 min, Hooking
12:26Warrener, 2 min, Hooking
12:53Sarich, 2 min, Cross-Checking
15:32Klein, 2 min, Delay of Game
01:04Sarich, 2 min, Holding
06:22Lombardi, 2 min, Tripping
08:48Dumont, 2 min, Hooking
08:56Aucoin, 2 min, Interference
10:42Arnott, 2 min, Interference
12:11Nolan, 2 min, Holding
Chris Mason59:59285
Miikka Kiprusoff59:41391
Game Information
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Referees - Steve Kozari, Mick McGeough
Linesmen - Brian Mach, Mark Shewchyk
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