Kipper's in form for final

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:04 PM ET


 Martin Gelinas isn't the only ace the Flames are holding as they prepare for the Western Conference Final.

 Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, the biggest reason the club qualified for the post-season in the first place, is in Conn Smythe form.

 Kiprusoff, a Vezina Trophy finalist, blanked the Wings in the final two games of the series to run his shutout string to 148:32.

 "To shut out any team in the playoffs in back-to-back games ... but the Detroit Red Wings?" captain Jarome Iginla marvelled.

 "They're a high-scoring team. Their defence steps up, they have offence everywhere and (Kiprusoff) made some huge saves. He's been the best goalie this year and he just showed it again (in Game 6)."

 IN THE MOMENT: Martin Gelinas' heroics sparked an outbreak of temporary insanity for nearly 20,000 fans at the Saddledome Monday night.

 Defenceman Mike Commodore also admits to losing his bearings a little bit when he saw the red light flash in overtime.

 "When the puck was in front of the crease,

 I jumped up," Commodore said. "When it went in and the place just exploded, I didn't know what to think.

 I was jumping around.

 "I didn't even know what I was doing out there, I was so happy."

 Commodore said overtime poolies would be smart to take No. 23 if another game heads into extra time.

 "When it comes to overtime in the last game (of a series), I want him on the ice every other shift," Commodore said. "I'll put my money on him. We're going to start calling him Martin Clutch.

 "Two series-winners, overtime to boot. He's on fire."

 Craig Conroy hasn't seen anyone with this kind of a golden touch since King Midas.

 "I don't think I have," Conroy said of Gelinas' winners. "You see it in other sports but not hockey.

 "I've never been a part of a team where a guy has done something like this for us.

 "He just puts himself in the right place at the right time."

 HEAD CASE: Matthew Lombardi was just happy to be a part of the post-game celebration.

 The Flames rookie was temporarily knocked out of

 Game 6 by a vicious Derian Hatcher elbow in the first period.

 "I didn't see the hit," Lombardi said. "I got rung pretty good but it's OK.

 "It's part of the game."

 What comes around, goes around. It was Hatcher who left Martin Gelinas alone at the side of the net and had a front-row seat for the series-winner.

 But Lombardi was more interested in talking about his teammate than rubbing it in the face of the big Detroit blueliner.

 "Gelly's always in front of that net and that's where they're going to go in," Lombardi said.

 Lombardi had a glorious chance to be the OT hero but was denied by Curtis Joseph.

 "I'm going to have to start touching (Gelinas') stick. It's been pretty special."

 ICE CHIPS: There were a total of 35 Stanley Cup rings on the Detroit roster. Flames players have accounted for seven ... Flames RW Jarome Iginla leads all NHLers in post-season shots on goal with 50. Detroit's Brendan Shanahan is next at 41 ... D Jordan Leopold was tied for fifth in plus/minus with a plus-7 ... Rookie Matthew Lombardi (one goal and six points) is second among freshman scorers behind only San Jose's Nicholas Dimitrakos, who has eight points.


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