Kiprusoff out 4-6 weeks; Turek closer to return?

Updated: December 31, 2003, 2:14 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff will miss four to six weeks because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Miikka Kiprusoff
Kiprusoff

Kiprusoff was injured in the first period of a 2-2 tie against Minnesota on Monday night but played the entire game. He had an MRI the following day.

"I came up fast [after making a save] and I felt something in my knee. I felt it right away," Kiprusoff said in a story posted on the Flames' Web site. "I knew it was something but I didn't know how bad. I figured I could play the rest of the game."

Between the first and second period, Kiprusoff had the knee taped, allowing him to continue playing.

"This is not fun. It's tough," he said. "I just have to do what I have to do and work hard to get ready to play again."

The Flames recalled goaltender Dany Sabourin from Lowell of the AHL to back up Jamie McLennan against Colorado on Wednesday.

Calgary has been without regular starter Roman Turek since he tore a knee ligament in October. Turek, who has missed 31 games, practiced Tuesday and could return to the lineup in the next few weeks.

"We haven't been healthy for one game yet this season," coach/general manager Darryl Sutter said.

The Flames are also without centers Blair Betts (shoulder), Craig Conroy (knee) and Steve Reinprecht (ankle).

Kiprusoff, acquired from San Jose on Nov. 16, has been a key to Calgary's recent strong play, going 11-3-2 with a 1.48 goals-against average and .941 save percentage.

Kiprusoff was named league defensive player of the week for the first week of December and was recently nominated as player of the month for December for his nine-win, one-shutout performance between Nov. 26 and Dec. 22.

Sabourin is 4-5-1 with a 2.81 goals-against-average with the Lock Monsters this season. In four games with the Flames this season, he is 0-3-0 with a 3.55 goals-against-average.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.