Flames Extinguish Wings, 1-0

CALGARY (AP) -- Miikka Kiprusoff made 38 saves in his first shutout of the season, Alex Tanguay scored and the Calgary Flames beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 Friday night.
Kiprusoff was at his best in the third period as Detroit outshot the Flames 13-2. Twice the Red Wings hit a goalpost in the final 20 minutes of Kiprusoff's 25-career shutout, which comes 64 starts after his last -- a 1-0 win over Minnesota on March 27, 2007.
Kiprusoff was starting after a rare night off Wednesday. Curtis Joseph started in the Flames' 3-2 victory over Dallas. It was just the third time Kiprusoff has been rested all season.
Tanguay scored midway into the first period as the Flames won their third straight and moved within one point of the Northwest Division-leading Minnesota Wild, setting up game for first place Sunday at the Xcel Energy Center. Calgary also pulled into a tie with San Jose and Nashville for fifth in the Western Conference.
Detroit dropped to 1-6-1 in its last eight games and first without All-Star defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who sprained his knee Monday.
Tanguay's fluke goal at 11:54 of the first period came from behind the Detroit net.
After snapping a 16-game scoring drought with a pair of goals Wednesday, Tanguay got his 14th of the season when his centering attempt hit Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda in the arm and ricocheted past an unsuspecting Chris Osgood.
Other than that, Osgood was also excellent in goal making 25 saves.


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