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Kiprusoff sensational as Flames beat Ducks 3-1

Calgary Flames Miikka Kiprusoff makes a glove save against the Anaheim Ducks at the Saddledome in...

Calgary Flames Miikka Kiprusoff makes a glove save against the Anaheim Ducks at the Saddledome in Calgary on April 19. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

CALGARY - If this was, indeed, Miikka Kiprusoff’s final start at the Saddledome, it was an incredible ending.

The Calgary Flames netminder kicked aside 32 shots in Friday’s 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, padding his lead in the franchise record books with his 305th win between the pipes in a Flaming C.

To the surprise of nobody, the 36-year-old goalie was named the first star in the Flames’ final home game of the lockout-shortened season.

He was serenaded with chants of ‘Kipper, Kipper’ and raised his stick in salute to the fans after the game, the rest of his teammates standing back and tapping their sticks so he could have the spotlight all to himself.

He’s had that spotlight so many times in his nine seasons with the team. If he chooses not to retire, he’d be welcome back to keep the spotlight for another season.


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