Revenge for Cujo

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

Last time Curtis Joseph came to the Saddledome, he ended up on the wrong side of a goalie's battle for the ages.

No such problem this time around for the Phoenix Coyotes netminder.

Joseph, victim of back-to-back shutouts against the Flames to close out the thrilling second-round playoffs series of 2004, returned the volley last night, blocking 25 shots to give his team a 2-0 win over Calgary.

"I would have taken it in the playoffs a couple of years ago, for sure," said Joseph, who headed for the desert after being unceremoniously dumped by the Red Wings. "(Miikka) Kiprusoff played well and it was a tight game, a one-goal game in overtime. I would have taken that."

Consider last night's victory a very late consolation prize, then.

But it's what Flames fans have come to expect from Joseph.

Over his career, he's posted an awesome 25-8-3 record against the Flames with four shutouts. But don't ask him to explain the success.

"I don't know," said the former St. Louis Blue, Edmonton Oiler, Toronto Maple Leaf and Detroit Red Wing. "I haven't really checked that out but I hope it continues."

Now 38, and two victories from No. 400 for his career, first instinct would be Joseph should be heading into the sunset of his career.

However, he's shown no signs of slowing down.

"I thought I played well the last year in Detroit also, so I don't know if rejuvenated is the right word, but certainly everybody's made me feel comfortable in Phoenix and that's helped," he said.

"It's been a lot of one-goal games and we have to get on the right side of those," he said. "We needed a win here."


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