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Kiprusoff makes 23 saves in shutout win over Canucks

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Marcus Nilson gave Miikka Kiprusoff all
the help he needed.

Kiprusoff made 23 saves for his third shutout of the season and
Nilson scored the lone goal in the Calgary Flames' 1-0 victory over
Vancouver on Saturday night.

Kiprusoff has not allowed a goal in 99:01 and has given up only
one in his last three games, all victories, to help the Flames
improve to 7-7-2.

The teams will meet again Monday night in Calgary.

"Fortunately we've got a chance here to rebound on Monday,"
Vancouver captain Marcus Naslund said. "We didn't get in close
enough to really test Kiprusoff."<

Alex Auld stopped 26 shots for the Canucks in his first loss of
the season.

"The guy at the other end stood on his head and played
amazing," Auld, who dropped to 5-1-1. "Obviously I wasn't going
to win every game all year and go undefeated."

Nilson scored midway through the first period off a pass from
Craig MacDonald, wristing a perfect shot over Auld's glove and
under the crossbar. Nilson also scored the winner in the Flames'
2-1 victory over Columbus on Thursday night.

"The pass was just a rocket, so it gave me a lot of time to
shoot it," MacDonald said. "That's the way it is. Sometimes
nothing goes in and sometimes you're in the right spot."

MacDonald's assist was his first point in six games with the
Flames.

"I threw a pass out front to him and he made a great play to
finish it," MacDonald said. "It's exciting to get my first point
as a Flame."

Right after Nilson's goal, Canucks defenseman Wade Brookbank
fought with Flames forward Darren McCarty. Vancouver's Jarko Ruutu
earlier squared off with Calgary's Byron Ritchie, and Nilson later
tangled with Trevor Linden.

In the second period, Calgary enforcer Jason Wiemer took on Lee
Goren.

Game notes
The Flames were 1-7-2 in their previous 10 games against
the Canucks at the Saddledome. ... Vancouver is 10-3-2.