Kiprusoff on his game in New York
Little did Miikka Kiprusoff know that his best save of his 29th NHL shutout would come just 15 seconds into it.
A loose puck in front gave Ryan Callahan a prime setup, but Kiprusoff kicked out the redirection with the tip of his left skate blade. It was the first of his 31 saves that carried the Calgary Flames to a 3-0 victory over the Rangers in New York last night.
"They started hard, but we were ready anyway and we were able to keep it a close game all the way," said Kiprusoff, who has three shutouts this season.
Kiprusoff was much busier than Rangers counterpart Henrik Lundqvist, who faced only 20 shots. Kiprusoff started for the 26th time in Calgary's 27 games - including 12 consecutive - and led the Flames to their fifth win in six.
"I like to play," he said. "I'm kind of used to it now and I know what I have to do to get ready night after night."
Kiprusoff and Lundqvist are tied for the NHL lead with 16 wins.
"That got him on the mark. He was really sharp from that point on," Flames coach Mike Keenan said of the early save.
Jarome Iginla and David Moss struck for the second straight game, and Rene Bourque added a shorthanded goal with two minutes left.
The Rangers lost their third in four games and have been outscored, 15-4, in that span. They have allowed an NHL-worst eight shorthanded goals
"We're not playing well. We just have to put together a 60-minute game," forward Scott Gomez said. "We have to find a way. It wasn't good enough."
Hurricanes 3, Capitals 1 - Eric Staal broke a tie for host Carolina with 4:09 left, and Ray Whitney scored twice to help give Paul Maurice his first victory in his second coaching stint with the Hurricanes.
Michael Leighton stopped Washington star Alexander Ovechkin on a penalty shot with 1.2 seconds left in the second period, and finished with 38 saves.
Blackhawks 7, Coyotes 1 - Ben Eager scored twice, and Andrew Ladd had a goal and three assists for a career-high four points in host Chicago's victory over Phoenix.
Jonathan Toews and Dave Bolland each had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien also connected.
Avalanche 5, Canucks 4 - Wojtek Wolski, Marek Svatos, and Milan Hejduk scored on Colorado's three shootout shots against former Boston College goalie Cory Schneider, Peter Budaj made 34 saves, and host Colorado beat Vancouver.
Ducks 5, Blue Jackets 3 - Ryan Getzlaf scored twice, rookie Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist, and host Anaheim fought off a late rally to beat Columbus.