February 6, 2013
Flames' Irving gets big chance to be go-to goalie
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In all his time as part of the Calgary Flames organization, Leland Irving has been all over the map.
You want highs? For starters, the day he was chosen in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft ranks up there. Also, there are the times when he was the toast of the AHL, during some incredible winning streaks and performances.
The topper is his first NHL win, a 29-save outing in a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Dec. 23, 2011.
There have been lows, too. Maybe the worst being the first three months of this season when Irving struggled during his few chances with the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat and was relegated to third-string status in the minors.
So you could excuse Irving if he wanted to feel good about finally climbing a new mountain — being handed the reins of the Flames while veteran goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is sidelined due to an undisclosed ‘lower-body’ injury.