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Taste of own medicine

IAN BUSBY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

The past two outings, Calgary Flames shooters have watched with frustration as acrobatic goalies have kicked out their shots.

Boo hoo.

Now they know what most opposing teams must feel like when Miikka Kiprusoff twists his back leg over to knock a goal away from the crease, like he did against the San Jose Sharks in December. So after Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury and Colorado's Craig Anderson stole wins from the Flames this week, it was simply a taste of their own medicine.

"Kipper wins games for us all the time," said recent call-up Jamie Lundmark.

"We've come up against two performances that Kipper basically does every night.

"We have all the tools in here. We have guys who can score and with Kipper, it should come together."

Flames head coach Brent Sutter felt his team had about 20 scoring chances Thursday night against the Penguins.

They finished with 38 shots on net, which followed another 46 they put on Anderson Monday in a loss to the Avalanche. So the opportunities are there, but so are many creative saves.

"Any time you really start to worry is when you aren't getting those quality scoring chances or generating shots on net," Lundmark said.

"We're doing the exact opposite. We're creating the chances, but we're just not finishing. It would be something to worry about if we didn't get those chances, but we're not in that situation."

There are even more instances where the Flames shooters are beating the goalie but missing the goal. Case in point was David Moss' golden chance in the first period against the Penguins.

After Sidney Crosby turned the puck over to Moss in the slot, the right-winger fired a quick shot over Fleury, but it rang off the crossbar. The rebound came to Craig Conroy, but the veteran slapped it off the glass.

"It seems like that's how it's been going lately," said Moss, who has seven goals in 42 games. "It's a small amount (it missed by). You just have to stick with it. There are a lot of games left."

Lundmark said the main thing to do when a goalie gets hot is to clog the crease and try to get shots through traffic, which is how the Penguins got the winning goal Wednesday.

Late in that loss, both Lundmark and Jarome Iginla took whacks at the puck in the crease, but Fleury kicked the shots out.

"Certainly, Kipper makes a lot of saves like that," said Moss. "It's a matter of bearing down and keep getting pucks there and hope it's a matter of time before they going in."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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