Kiprusoff Blanks Wings

May 1, 2004

2004 Playoffs

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 31 shots as the Calgary Flames beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 and took a three games to two lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

"We've got so much confidence in him," Calgary Jarome Iginla said of Kiprusoff. "He made a big save on (Brett) Hull early in the first period off a one-timer. All game he made them, timely ones, but I guess when you save them all, they're all going to be timely."

"Against Detroit, here, of course it's a great feeling," Kiprusoff said. "It tells us that we did a good job on our defense."

Calgary can finish the series in Game Six at home on Monday.

"It's not impossible to win in Calgary," Detroit defenseman Mathieu Dandenault said. "We've done it before (in Game 4) and I know this team can do it again, and I know we can win this series."

Avs Keep Fighting
Joe Sakic scored his second goal 1:54 into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche avoided elimination by beating San Jose 2-1 to cut the Sharks's lead to three games to two in the Western Conference semifinal series.

"It's about momentum, and we've got it now," Sakic said. "Everybody thought we were done, the worst team on the planet. We've got too many quality guys to go out that way, but it doesn't mean anything if we don't get the next one."

"We haven't had the momentum in our court yet, so this is fun," defenseman Adam Foote said. "We're very confident. Now we've got to go home and do the same thing."

Game Six is Tuesday night in Colorado.

"Some guys failed miserably in the last couple of games to get the job done," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "That team was coming hard. They played with a desperation we hadn't seen from them in this series."

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