It is, says Alex Tanguay, no different than having a nightly front-row seat at a wonderful show; a long-running crowd-pleaser that has, against all odds, somehow never lost the sense of freshness that made it so special as far back as opening night.

"Mentally, look at his demeanour,'' marvelled the silky-slick left winger Sunday morning. "If he lets in a goal, if he makes a save, it's the same attitude. Goes back to his net, lifts his bucket, grabs a drink, and (says), 'Here we go. Lets get ready for the next shot.' For any athlete, especially goalies, that's a great attitude to have.''

Tonight, the magnificent Miikka Kiprusoff goes in search of NHL win No. 300 at the palm-tree lined Honda Center in Anaheim (a pit of doom for the Calgary Flames for so long), 14 of those on behalf of the San Jose Sharks, the rest as a Flame. He will become — be the big night this evening, Wednesday in San Jose or Thursday at Phoenix — only the 27th man in history to reach the cameo-keepsake milestone.