Hollywood ending for Luc Robitaille

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

LOS ANGELES -- At this rate, Miikka Kiprusoff will have the record book all to himself.

Already owning the Calgary Flames marks for shutouts in a season (10), wins (42), lowest goals-against average (1.69) and best save percentage (.933), the star goaltender grabbed another last night.

Pavol Demitra's third-period goal in last night's 2-1 Los Angeles Kings shootout win over the Flames snapped Kiprusoff's shutout streak at 161 minutes 11 seconds, a new franchise record.

Kiprusoff was unaware of the mark.

"Oh yeah?" he shrugged, disappointed about losing the game. "Good."

Prior to Demitra's breakaway tally, the last goal scored on Kiprusoff came in overtime in Vancouver a week earlier. He followed that with back-to-back shutouts against Anaheim and Colorado.

The record previously belonged to Fred Brathwaite, who went 160:07 between goals in March 2001.

Roman Turek had a run of 180:03 to end the 2003-04 season but it's not an official record because he didn't play in consecutive games.

Demitra was the difference in the shootout, too, scoring the lone goal.

Matthew Lombardi, Tony Amonte and Jarome Iginla all failed to beat Kings netminder Jason LaBarbera in the shootout.

The Flames have lost seven of nine shootouts this season.

"If they were part of the playoffs, I wouldn't be glad," said GM/ head coach Darryl Sutter.

"Would you?"

Admitted Kiprusoff: "It hasn't been the strong part of my game. For sure, I have to be better next year."

Certainly, that's been the lone blemish on Kiprusoff's season.

He displayed all-world form the whole game, especially against longtime Kings star Luc Robitaille, who was denied on three glorious chances in what was his final home game for the franchise.

Robitaille, who will retire after Monday's game in San Jose, was also stoned in the shootout.

Jamie Lundmark scored Calgary's lone goal and appeared to pot another with just over two minutes remaining in regulation but it was called back due to a penalty on Lombardi.

Although they weren't at their best in the open half, the Flames left the rink believing they could have pulled out a win.

"The first 10, 15 minutes it was a close game," Lundmark said. "We kinda stepped up the last two periods. We outplayed them and got a lot of chances but their goalie played well."

The Flames' regular season concludes tomorrow in Anaheim.

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LOS ANGELES KINGS: 2

CALGARY FLAMES: 1

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