Kipper's taking the shots

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

Being an optional skate, Miikka Kiprusoff chose to ride the bike yesterday instead.

However, the Calgary Flames star netminder couldn't help but strap on the blades with goalie coach David Marcoux taking his place between the pipes for all those who hit the Saddledome ice.

Usually it's Kiprusoff who takes some shots from Marcoux in practice, so he was happy to turn the tables.

And his assessment of Marcoux?

"After seeing him play, it's kinda hard to take him seriously anymore," Kiprusoff said with a laugh.

Upon hearing of how Kiprusoff rated his abilities, Marcoux shot back: "Next practice, we're starting with one-timers from the hash marks."

It was fun and games yesterday for the Flames before they headed to Edmonton for tonight's clash with the Oilers.

Most of the team joined in. Aside from Kiprusoff, only Rhett Warrener and Jarome Iginla exercised their option.

Which meant plenty of participants in the showdown on Marcoux and Philippe Sauve, and one huffing and puffing coach when it was over.

"You sure appreciate the conditioning of goaltenders," Marcoux said while seated in a stall. "It's not like it used to be when Richard Brodeur would go out on the ice a few pounds overweight."

Marcoux may be a rising star among the goalie coaching fraternity but on the ice he looked like a ex-netminder who only reached junior 'B'.

"I had to choose between school and going nowhere in hockey," he quipped. "I think I picked the best route to the NHL."

He did make some big saves, among them a nifty poke-check on Darren McCarty.

"That wasn't a poke-check, that was a lack of skill," McCarty said, taking a shot at himself.

"That's why I shoot when I'm on a breakaway. My junior coach told me lots of times, 'Use what you've got.' "


Videos

Photos