Kipper comes up big again

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET


 SAN JOSE -- Miikka Kiprusoff continues to insist the revenge factor is non-existent.

 The Flames netminder will reiterate there's nothing extra on the line with his old team serving as the opposition.

 All Kiprusoff wants, so he says, is enough victories to win a Stanley Cup and the Sharks are simply a team in the way of that goal.

 Being the club that found no use for him this season and traded him away doesn't enter the equation.

 "A win is good enough. It's just nice to win," he said.

 "It doesn't matter who it's against."

 Just imagine if he was out for vengeance.

 San Jose set a franchise record by sending 52 pucks on Kiprusoff's goal during yesterday's Western Conference final opener.

 The 49 he blocked, many of them highlight-reel stops, were enough for the overtime win.

 "Fifty-two shots, that's a lot," said Calgary defenceman Steve Montador, whose overtime tally was the difference in the 4-3 win. "You know, you guys maybe put some pressure on him with the whole ex-San Jose stuff but we certainly wouldn't have been in overtime without Miikka's play, especially in the first period when they were coming at us for the first 10 minutes really hard.

 "They got some chances, he kept us in, turned the momentum back our way to give us some chances and it worked.

 "Certainly I can't say enough about Miikka's performance tonight."

 Certainly can't say something that hasn't been said before.

 Rhett Warrener was pressed to give Kiprusoff kudos and all but admitted he couldn't come up with any new ways to say how good he's been for the club.

 Not that he was complaining or anything.

 If there was a time when Kiprusoff loomed largest, it was the first period five-on-three powerplay handed the Sharks.

 San Jose couldn't beat the soft-spoken goalie and moments after killing the infractions Calgary went up by a pair.

 Kiprusoff, however, was more concerned about the number of shots his teammates blocked.

 "That's what they've been doing all year. They always do a great job," he said.


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