Apparently not anxious to chat with the media, Miikka Kiprusoff told team officials he'd be busy stretching and then snuck out a side door after Tuesday's skate at the Westside Recreation Centre.

The Calgary Flames can't afford for their acrobatic netminder to make another hasty exit during Wednesday's crucial showdown with the Anaheim Ducks at the Saddledome.

In the most recent meeting between the two teams, Kiprusoff was hooked after surrendering three goals on five shots in less than six minutes of action. He watched from the bench as the Flames battled back to claim a single point in a 5-4 overtime loss.

"It wasn't a result of how (Kiprusoff) was playing," insisted Flames defenceman Mark Giordano. "You use it as a timeout and a different look for the guys. It was meant to wake us up a little bit, and it worked."

Giordano is right, it wasn't all Kipper's fault.

Ryan Getzlaf was left alone in the high slot on the opening goal, and fans at the Saddledome are certainly aware of what the former Calgary Hitmen sniper can accomplish in that scenario.

Just over two minutes later, the Ducks cashed in on a powerplay opportunity, with Corey Perry poking a rebound under the sprawling puck-stopper during a goal-mouth scramble.

And Kiprusoff's night came to an abrupt end after Francois Beauchemin threaded a blueline blast through rush-hour traffic to give the homeside a three-goal lead after just 5:49 at the Honda Center.