D-men limit Shark shots

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 4:38 PM ET


 The Flames know they can count on Miikka Kiprusoff.

 But giving up 52 shots, as they did in Game 1, was a little over the top.

 To a man, the club was much more satisfied with its improved defensive play in Game 2 when Kiprusoff was called on just 18 times.

 "We don't want to give him a workload of 50 shots every game," said d-man Robyn Regehr, sporting stitches from taking a Patrick Marleau shot on the chin.

 Andrew Ference, with a newly shaved head, said team defence was better but there's still room for improvement.

 "They had a lot less opportunities," Ference said. "They still had a few and we need to tighten up. You're always trying to constantly improve.

 "As a team, we did a lot better job defensively all over the ice. It's not just in the defensive zone, it comes all the way from our forecheck to our neutral-zone play.

 "All five guys on the ice were a lot more responsible (in Game 2)."

 Steve Montador, who took a pass from Kiprusoff and started the rush that led to the opening goal, said improved defensive play often pays dividends in the offensive zone.

 "Our first two goals were a result of proper d-zone coverage," Montador said.

 "It also meant less shots on net for them and created opportunities for us."

 The Flames will likely have to be even more air-tight tonight as the desperate Sharks will be looking to avoid falling behind 3-0.

 Regehr said there is no chance his club will head into the two-game homestand with any false sense of security.

 "I think we realize how much work it was to get the first two and it'll take even more to get the next game," Regehr said.

 "So we can't have a feeling of satisfaction."


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