Kipper not so chipper after performance

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

ATLANTA -- Miikka Kiprusoff didn't deflect enough pucks.

He certainly didn't deflect blame.

"The most I can do is give this team a chance to win, and I didn't do it," Kiprusoff said.

The star netminder has won the Flames 184 regular- season games over the years and 39 this season alone.

In that span, the number of defeats which could be pinned on him over the years are very few.

While yesterday afternoon's 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers certainly isn't all on his head, Kiprusoff was admittedly nowhere near close to top form when his team needed him to be.

"In this league, you get goaltending like that, it's hard to win," he said.

"I'm really not happy with how I played.

"This game, I better forget and make sure I'll be better next game."

Kiprusoff surrendered five goals on only 20 shots, an uncharacteristically low number of saves for such little action.

Not only that, it was the timing. The first shot was a goal. The third shot was a goal.

Just a little more than two minutes after Jarome Iginla scored in the third period to make it a 3-2 affair and give the Flames hope, Kiprusoff was beat again.

"Kipper's had better games, no question about it, and he'd be the first to say that," head coach Mike Keenan said.

"We have to respond to those situations, come back and build some offence, which we didn't do."

The first goal surrendered, a sharp-angled shot by Bryan Little that went though his legs, was one that Kiprusoff said was particularly lamentable.

"I was thinking back-door pass and he definitely had me," admitted Kiprusoff, who had won his last six road starts.

"Our defence took away the back door (play) and it was my shot.

"I should have stopped that, for sure.

"It's tough, but it's one loss, this one. We can't start worrying about it. We know we have to be better."


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