Kiprusoff stings B's

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:51 PM ET

Some would argue it was an easy night but goalie Miikka Kiprusoff earned his way back into the Calgary Flames record book.

Kiprusoff stopped all 25 shots he faced for his league-leading fifth shutout of the year in a 3-0 win over the visiting Boston Bruins at the Saddledome last night.

By doing so, he joins four former Flames netminders for the single-season franchise shutout mark: Dan Bouchard (1973-74), Phil Myre (1974-75), Fred Brathwaite (1999-00, 2000-01) and his predecessor Roman Turek (2001-02).

The Flames gave Kiprusoff all the offence he needed during 111-second, three-goal explosion early in the first period.

"I see Kiprusoff was first star," Flames assistant coach Rich Preston said with a game sheet in hand. "Whoever made the three-star selection is dead-on. And not just because he had the shutout. He was excellent tonight with some big, key saves."

Kiprusoff also holds the franchise and NHL record for lowest goals-against average with the 1.69 mark he set in 2003-04.

Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan, whose charges had some great chances to score, said the outcome may have been different had Kiprusoff not been up to the task.

"He was good. He was tough to beat tonight," said Sullivan.

"We couldn't solve him. We had a couple of breakaways, we had a three-on-one early in the game. If we convert on some of those prime scoring chances, I think we give ourselves a chance."

Bruins goaltender Andrew Raycroft allowed three goals on the first four shots he faced but didn't allow another puck to get past him and finished with 26 saves.

The Flames offence showed no signs of rust after a week between games.

Calgary jumped to a 3-0 lead on a powerplay marker from Dion Phaneuf, an even-strength goal by Tony Amonte and a shorthanded tally by Stephane Yelle, who left the game later in the first period when he took a shot off the ankle.

Matthew Lombardi, who made his first appearance with the Flames since injuring his ankle Oct. 17, assisted on Amonte's goal.

"We wanted to come out strong and take it to them right off the bat," said Lombardi.

However, Amonte said he's disappointed they let up after grabbing the big lead.

"We sat back and protected (the lead) more than we would have liked," he said.

"(Kiprusoff) kept it a 3-0 game. That game goes to 3-1, everything changes."

With the win, the Flames move to within one point of the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks.

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CALGARY FLAMES: 3

BOSTON BUINS: 0


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