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Flames lose despite Kiprusoff's best efforts

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was in fine form Friday night in San Jose, but the Sharks...

Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was in fine form Friday night in San Jose, but the Sharks still won 2-1. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images-AFP.

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:04 AM ET

SAN JOSE — It was the Miikka Kiprusoff of old.

It wasn’t enough.

The Calgary Flames netminder kicked aside 39 shots in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks in the Silicon Valley, with Calgary’s winless skid away from the Saddledome now reaching a dirty dozen despite the efforts of their star puck-stopper.

The Sharks have won seven straight on home ice, but Kiprusoff certainly made them work for this one.

Although he’s stopped short of using it as an excuse, the 36-year-old netminder has admitted the swirling trade rumours have contributed to his struggles so far this season.

When the Flames honoured his request to stick around the Saddledome and didn’t send him to the Toronto Maple Leafs — or any other suitor — at Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline, he promised to be better.

For at least one night, he was.


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