Kiprusoff model of consistency

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

A Vezina Trophy winner who doesn’t make the playoffs isn’t a likely scenario.

It won’t happen this season, either, with the way Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur and Phoenix’s Ilya Bryzgalov performed from start to finish.

Still, it’s a shame Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff won’t receive much consideration.

Of all the core players on the Flames roster, Kiprusoff was the only one to have a strong season from start to finish.

“He’s had, I think, his best season since the Vezina, or even (good enough) to win it (again),” Flames captain Jarome Iginla said the night the club was eliminated from playoff contention. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t get enough offence.”

A few players did take their games to a new level, such as Mark Giordano, Rene Bourque and Eric Nystrom, but they aren’t among those included in the group when the brass talks about your best players needing to be your best players.

Kiprusoff delivered nearly every night.

He won 21 games this season in which he allowed one or fewer goals. Three times he lost when allowing just one goal.

In 44 outings, Kiprusoff gave up two or fewer goals.

There were 11 games during which Kiprusoff allowed two or fewer goals, yet lost in regulation. Six more times, a defeat came in extra time.

A year ago, fans understandably wondered whether Kiprusoff’s game had fallen off. Now, they’re lamenting how the club wasted a great season from the netminder.


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