Kipper rebound master

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:09 PM ET


 TAMPA -- Miikka Kiprusoff is sharpest on rebounds -- his own.

 The Calgary Flames goalie, in net for last night's 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, has a 1.24 GAA and is undefeated in four playoff games this spring after allowing four or more goals in the previous game.

 "Yeah, it doesn't matter the day before if you play a great game or a bad game. It's a new game and I'll do everything I can to be ready to go," Kiprusoff said last night.

 "They made the most of their chances, they had some powerplays and they were a better team tonight.

 "It was more shots (than Game 1), of course, but they made the most of them and they were ready tonight."

 Captain Jarome Iginla was disappointed the Flames failed to capitalize on Kiprusoff's performance. The Flames trailed just 1-0 despite being outplayed after 40 minutes.

 "It was 1-0 going into the third and we still had a chance but the only reason it was like that was because of Kipper," Iginla said.

 "He made so many big saves."

 Centre Stephane Yelle agreed: "He kept us in it again for the first two periods and we have to play better in front of him and take care of things in our own end. We have to go back to playing composed, being patient and playing good in our own end."

 Although the Flames were outplayed and Kiprusoff even took a slapshot off his facemask in the opening period, GM-head coach Darryl Sutter opted to keep his starter in the game.

 "I thought about taking him out when it was 4-0 ... just to give him the rest but he was fine," Sutter said.


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