Miikka Kiprusoff made 38 saves in his first shutout of the season, Alex Tanguay scored, and the Flames beat the Detroit Red Wings, 1-0, last night in Calgary.
Kiprusoff was at his best in the third period as Detroit outshot the Flames, 13-2. Twice the Red Wings hit a goal post in the final 20 minutes of Kiprusoff's 25th career shutout, which comes 64 starts after his last - a 1-0 win over Minnesota last March 27.
The Flames won their third straight and moved within 1 point of Northwest Division leader Minnesota. Calgary also pulled into a tie with San Jose and Nashville for fifth place in the Western Conference. Detroit dropped to 1-6-1 in its last eight games.
Tanguay's fluke goal at 11:54 of the first period came from behind the Detroit net.
Tanguay got his 14th of the season when his centering attempt hit Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda in the arm and ricocheted past Chris Osgood (25 saves).
Avalanche 3, Coyotes 2 - Cody McLeod scored in the 12th round of a shootout to lift Colorado over host Phoenix. It was the longest shootout ever for both teams.
Paul Stastny scored in his first game back with Colorado following a 15-game absence while he recovered from an appendectomy. Marek Svatos also scored, and Tyler Arnason and John-Michael Liles had shootout goals to help the Avalanche snap a five-game winless streak. Colorado moved 2 points ahead of Phoenix into ninth place in the Western Conference.
Stars 5, Oilers 2 - Jere Lehtinen scored two goals, Marty Turco stopped 20 shots, and host Dallas maintained its mastery of Edmonton. The Stars are 10-2 against the Oilers the past three seasons and 22-4-2 at home against them since moving to Dallas in 1993.
Ducks 2, Blues 1 - Samuel Pahlsson's goal 32 seconds into overtime propelled host Anaheim past St. Louis.