Huge save by Ference

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 5:03 PM ET


 SAN JOSE -- Finally, there's a way to bring out emotion from Miikka Kiprusoff.

 Apparently, it just takes a little defensive brilliance from his teammates.

 For so long, it's seemed nothing can get the Calgary Flames goaltender to show his happiness.

 But Andrew Ference provided the play to put Kipper's gratitude on display late in last night's 4-1 victory over the Sharks.

 With San Jose pushing for an equalizer midway through the third period, Kiprusoff -- through his own devices -- was out of position and needing a minor miracle with Alexander Korolyuk on the verge of tying the game with a wide-open wraparound.

 The minor miracle came in the form of Ference, the defenceman who stopped a sure goal by sliding across the crease to block Korolyuk's shot.

 "That was a huge save. I think it was 2-1, then," Kiprusoff said. "That was huge."

 So huge, the netminder, once play left the zone, skated well out of his crease to give Ference a thankful tap on Ference's backside.

 For the usually cool-as-a-cucumber netminder, that's a veritable outpouring of emotion.

 "I know that he's happy as long as the puck doesn't go in but I don't think he's any happier than the rest of us, including myself," Ference said.

 "It's part of our job.

 "He was caught out of position, so it's our job to get in front of that thing and not let them score."

 Besides, the favour has been reciprocated in one form or another often enough.

 "Oh yeah," Ference said, without having to extol the virtues of the all-world netminder.

 "I think we're in debt to him a few. If we can pay back that in any way, he's fully deserving."

 Curiously, Ference made a similar play in the second period.

 "He's been watching our goalie practices, I guess," Kiprusoff said with a grin.

 No, Ference exclaimed, just part of the game.

 "It's the way it is. Just lay it on the line," he said.

 "It's desperation hockey where you throw yourself out there and sometimes it hits you and sometimes it doesn't. Luckily, tonight it did hit me."

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