'A 30-second game'

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:28 PM ET


 There wasn't much doubt about the turning point in the Calgary Flames' 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning last night.

 It was the blocker save that Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made on Brad Richards in the second period.

 The Flames bobbled the puck at their blue line and Richards broke out with Robyn Regehr in pursuit.

 It looked like trouble for the Flames.

 Richards has nine goals in the post-season and he delights in situations of this nature. He faded to his right and fired a rising shot to the far post.

 But Kiprusoff fended it off with his blocker, then fell over the sliding Regehr.

 "I was trying to swipe the puck away and I couldn't get up in time," explained Regehr. "I just slid in to him. The first thing I did was make sure he was okay.

 "I'm glad he was."

 As soon as Kiprusoff had dusted himself off, play resumed and on the ensuing rush, Chris Simon scored the first goal of the game -- the winner, as it turned out.

 "It was one of those deals who scored the first goal," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.

 "It was like a 30-second game. Kiprusoff on Richards on the breakaway. We come right back. Score. That's the hockey game."

 Kiprusoff shrugged off any credit for the save.

 "It was huge when we came back and scored right away," said Kiprusoff, who improved to 5-0 in games after yielding four goals (Calgary lost 4-1 in Game 2).

 "That was a huge point in the game," said Calgary forward Craig Conroy. "Kipper comes up big, then in 30 seconds we scored.

 "That's the turning point in the game. That's what it's all about."


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