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Kiprusoff now has league's best save average

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Calgary Flames are finding ways to
win the close ones.

Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist, and Miikka Kiprusoff
made 20 saves as the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on
Sunday night.

"This was a game that, in the past, we might not have won,"
Iginla said. "But this year, we're finding ways to win these
important games. It feels great."

Kiprusoff, who made 30 saves in a 2-1 win over the Oilers on
Dec. 23, is now 11-3-1 with the league's best goals-against average
and best save percentage.

Iginla set up Dean McAmmond's second-period goal and scored in
the third for the Flames, who are 10-2-1-0 in their last 13.

Mike York scored late in the game for the Oilers, who have just
one win in their last six game (1-4-1-0) and two wins in their last
10 (2-5-3-0).

"We played two very mediocre periods," York said. "I don't
know if we didn't have our legs our what. We should've been ready
but that wasn't the case."

The Flames are 4-1 against the Oilers this season. The teams
meet for a sixth and final time on March 9 in Calgary. Last season,
Calgary won the series 3-2.

"Edmonton beats Calgary all the time," said Flames coach
Darryl Sutter, whose club has missed the playoffs the last seven
seasons. "That is the history of the Flames not making the
playoffs. So this is a measuring stick."

McAmmond opened the scoring with his ninth of the season with
two minutes left in the second, one-timing a shot after a cross-ice
pass from Iginla.

Iginla made it 2-0 eight minutes into the third with his 12th
goal, chipping the puck past Edmonton defenseman Jason Smith, than
racing down the right wing and ripping a shot past Oilers
goaltender Tommy Salo.

Iginla has two goals and five assists in five games against
Edmonton this season.

York broke Kiprusoff's shutout with a power-play goal with 5:06
left in the third. He flipped in his own rebound for his first
power-play goal of the season.

Adam Oates picked up an assist, his third in 14 games as a
member of the Oilers.

Kiprusoff made a nice blocker save on Brad Isbister in the
opening minute of the game but wasn't tested often, facing only
eight shots in the first two periods.

Kiprusoff stopped Shawn Horcoff's short-range backhander and
gloved Steve Staios' point shot as the Oilers started to press
three minutes into the third. He stopped Ryan Smyth on a
short-handed breakaway two minutes later.

Game notes
Cory Cross, who picked up two assists in Edmonton's 6-2 win
over the Canucks in Vancouver on Saturday night, was a late
scratch. He's day to day with back spasms. ... Denis Gauthier sat
out the first game of his two-game suspension for kneeing
Vancouver's Sami Salo in Calgary's 2-0 loss on Dec. 26. ... Oilers
winger Ethan Moreau left the game in the second period and did not
return after re-aggravating the strained right shoulder that forced
him to miss one game earlier in the week.