February 6, 2013
Flames' Miikka Kiprusoff needs support in goal crease
Calgary starter day-to-day with lower-body injury

Young Leland Irving came in to mop up Tuesday night after Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled with a lower-body injury. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

CALGARY - Some of the names are easy to remember.

Curtis Joseph, Curtis McElhinney, Jamie McLennan …

Some are easy to forget.

Philippe Sauve, Brian Boucher, Matt Keetley …

Those are just a few of the goalkeepers who have served as the backup to Miikka Kiprusoff since he became a standout netminder for the Flames early in the 2003-04 season.

None of them, plus the handful of others along the way, ever showed the ability to be a No. 1 twine-minders in Calgary.

Frankly, none of them ever had the chance.

Kiprusoff’s abilities and durability were huge factors in keeping any threat at bay.

Likewise, the degrees of success seen from any of those other goalies were limited to non-existent.

With Kiprusoff out of action on a day-to-day basis — it could be a game, could be a week, could be more, nobody’s saying — the Flames and their faithful will finally get a taste of what life will be like without the workhorse standout.