In honour of his becoming the 27th goaltender in history to notch 300 career wins the other night in San Jose, Miikka Kiprusoff, looking customarily uncomfortable in such grip-'n-grin circumstances, was presented with the customary commemorative stick in an on-ice pre-game ceremony

It was made of silver.

A metal that simply does not do the man justice. This guy just keeps proving he's worth his weight in gold.

If the last couple of weeks are any indication, the Calgary Flames won't be slinking away from this claustrophobic rugby scrum for the final post-season berth or two anytime soon. They seem determined to take this chase to the wire; hunt the playoffs down like David Janssen chasing the one-armed man in the '60s TV series The Fugitive.

Another tight, taut conference game went down to a shootout on Hockey Day in Canada, and this time, they came out on top.

In no small part, again, to their goaltender. Kiprsuoff, not being put off by the meandering run-in from Cochrane's Mason Raymond, produced the defining stop, complementing goals from Olli Jokinen and a nifty deke by Jarome Iginla into a 3-2 SO victory over the archrival Vancouver Canucks.

"I played here, obviously, one year before and have played against him for years,'' said left winger Michael Cammalleri, whose 12th goal of the season staked the locals to a 1-0 first-period advantage, of Kiprusoff. "I don't know of anybody playing as well as he is right now. He's in the zone, as we like to say in sport, and we like him there."