Flames try to build momentum
After losing four straight, the Calgary Flames appear to have turned a corner.
Captain Jarome Iginla scored a power play goal with 4:27 remaining to lift Calgary to a 3-2 road victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the Flames' first victory in five contests.
Calgary will try to post back-to-back victories for the first time this season when they host the Dallas Stars Tuesday.
The Flames have been marred by inconsistency this season, recording just four wins in 13 games — hardly the type of record befitting a club that was hyped as a Stanley Cup contender prior to the start of the 2006-07 campaign.
The Flames nearly let Saturday's victory slip through their hands. Calgary took an early 2-0 lead Saturday, but allowed St. Louis to tie the score before Iginla netted the game-winner.
"We had a good start, but the Blues have a lot of firepower and they fought back," said Iginla, who has come up with six goals and three assists in his last seven games.
"[Saturday], it was a matter of finding a way not to get upset that we lost a two-goal lead and find a way [to win]."
Kiprusoff's play has been off
Part of the problem for the Flames this season has been the uneven play of starting goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
The Finnish netminder won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie in 2005-06, but this season he's struggled: Kiprusoff sports a 4-7-1 record, with a mediocre 2.77 goal-against average and a less-than-impressive .910 save percentage.
Dallas is the last team that Kiprusoff wants to see right now — the Finn is 1-6-1 with a 2.74 GAA in eight career starts versus Dallas, his most losses against any opponent.
Kiprusoff will likely face Marty Turco, one of the hottest goalies in the NHL. Turco is 9-2-0 with a 1.99 GAA overall this season.
Dallas gave up a power play goal to Taylor Pyatt with 44.7 seconds in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
The Stars have owned the Flames recently. Dallas has won seven of the last eight matchups between the clubs, including three of four contests in 2005-06.