Making his return after a four-week injury hiatus, Calgary Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff was stellar between the pipes. Ho-hum.
“He didn’t seem to miss a beat,” marvelled Flames blueliner Chris Butler. “He was phenomenal, sprawling, making saves that not many goaltenders make. It’s huge to have him back there.”
After missing 13 straight games due to a strained knee ligament, Kiprusoff was his usual stingy self in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at the Saddledome, making 32 saves in a first-star performance.
It wasn’t all a case of same ol’ story, though.
An almost-streaker, stripped down to only a pair of shorts and with impressive traction on his bare-foot romp around the ice, provided a bit of entertainment at the second intermission.
A few minutes later, the game-winning goal came off the stick of an unlikely source, Blake Comeau.
It was his first of the season. It was, in fact, his first since March 26, 2012, one night after the Chicago Blackhawks’ last loss in regulation.
“I’d been lying if I said I didn’t think about it a lot,” Comeau said. “If we lose a game and I score, I don’t think it’s the same feeling. I want to be a contributor. I want to be a guy that helps the team win. So if I get a goal and we lose the game, it’s nothing special to me. It feels a lot better to be able to get a goal and help the team win.”
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