Sweet victory for dad

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

The puck was still cold minutes after the game but already had a destination.

A special gift from the new daddy.

It's may only be pre-season but a shutout is a shutout and Brent Krahn was happy to already have such a special keepsake for the apple of his eye, Malina Oceana, who arrived early this month.

"Definitely for my daughter," said the proud papa after collecting the goose egg in the Flames 3-0 blanking of the Edmonton Oilers last night at the Saddledome.

It wasn't an overly difficult game for the goaltender chosen in the first round of the 2000 draft right here in Calgary, requiring only 22 saves.

But it wasn't a piece of cake, either. Especially since the first shot on goal didn't come until more than 12 minutes had ticked off the clock, hardly the way a goaltender wants to start a contest.

Bigger than the win was Krahn's job serving notice he's not ready to hand the back-up role to Philippe Sauve just yet.

Sauve is believed to have a one-way contract, meaning his salary remains the same whether here or in Omaha, while Krahn's two-way deal pays much less if he's in the minors. But Krahn won't head to the Knights without putting up a fight.

Certainly GM/head coach Darryl Sutter felt it was a performance worth kudos.

"He made the saves he had to and that's a good sign for a young goaltender, to stay sharp and stay focussed," Sutter said.


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