OTTAWA (AP) -- Jim Playfair knew he had a solid defensive base to
work with when he took over as coach of the Calgary Flames.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 33 saves in the Flames' 1-0 victory at Ottawa, seven days after the Senators were shut out at home by the Maple Leafs. It's the first time since 1997 that Ottawa suffered two shutouts at home within two weeks.
Kiprusoff, who led the NHL last season with a franchise-record
10 shutouts, posted the 18th of his career in the Flames' first win
in Ottawa since Oct. 28, 1999.
Calgary evened its record at 2-2 despite being held to five
goals in four games.
"Our team is structured from our goaltender out," said
Playfair, who replaced GM Darryl Sutter as head coach on July 12.
"When that's the structure of your team, you expect to win 1-0
games. Miikka gave us a chance to do that tonight."
Iginla put a backhander into an open left side for his second
goal of the season when a loose puck slid to him after Kristian
Huselius fanned on a shot from the slot.
"I was just trying to get in front of the net for him," Iginla
said. "It looked like he just kept fighting the guy off and
eventually he got it through and I was very fortunate that it was
literally right on my stick. It was nice to see that slide in."
Ottawa has lost three straight at home since a season-opening
4-1 win in Toronto on Oct. 4.
"It was a perfect road game for us," Kiprusoff said. "I think
it was a pretty good job from us to shut down a team with a lot of
The Senators went 0-for-6 on the power play and have converted
only one of their 25 opportunities with the man advantage through
"We've got some great offensive guys and we're not putting the
puck in the net right now, and we're getting tons of chances,"
Ottawa center Jason Spezza said. "It's not like we're not getting
chances out there and that definitely makes you feel more
Calgary went 0-for-5 in the game, falling to 1-for-30 overall.
Senators goalie Ray Emery made 27 saves in his first start of
the season, including stops of Iginla and Daymond Langkow on a
flurry of shots midway through the third.
"It was close right to the end," Emery said. "Kiprusoff
played really well and we couldn't seem to bury it on power plays
and some of the chances we had. They got the one off the scramble
that put us down late in the game and that's a backbreaker when
Emery, who stopped 15 of 16 shots after relieving Martin Gerber
for the third period of Thursday's 6-0 loss to Toronto, played
every minute of Ottawa's 10 playoff games as a rookie last spring
with Dominik Hasek sidelined by a groin injury.
"It's been a while since I got a start so I was excited to
play," Emery said. "I felt a bit rusty as far as some things were
concerned, playing the puck and some rebounds, but I felt that I
competed pretty well and saw the puck pretty well. All in all I
thought I played all right, it's just the other guy played a bit
Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf sent Denis Hamel flying onto his
back with a solid open-ice shoulder check at the Calgary blue line
late in the second period after the Senators rookie had dumped the
puck into the zone.
"What timing he has," Iginla said. "He gets a lot of those
hits, but that was still pretty impressive to see."
Senators coach Bryan Murray left Daniel Alfredsson on the top
line with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley for the game. The potent
trio was reunited in the third period of Saturday's 4-3 loss to
Buffalo, combining for six points on two late goals by Spezza.
Their production was curtailed against the Flames, though, as
both teams failed to score through the first two periods, with
Ottawa holding a 16-14 edge in shots to that point.
It was the Flames' second shutout against the Senators in
23 games regular season meetings. Andrei Trefilov had the other, a
10-0 win on Jan. 15, 1994. ... The Senators have yet to score on 17
power-play opportunities at home. ... Emery, who won one game in
2002-03 and two the following season, set a league record on Nov.
29 with his ninth straight win to begin his career.
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Arena: Canadian Tire Centre Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Stephane Auger, Bill McCreary Linesmen: Derek Nansen, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 18,404 (99.5% full)
Team Stat Comparison
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Jarome Iginla (2)
Assists: Kristian Huselius, Matthew Lombardi