n the aftermath of Monday's 9-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was relaxed and happy.

He basically had a night off, yet still recorded a victory.

And it was a milestone victory.

The triumph, easy as it ended up, was his 250th as a member of the Flames.

That stat came as a surprise to him.

"Awesome," Kiprusoff said with a big smile.

Kiprusoff is chasing Mike Vernon for the franchise record of 262 NHL victories this season.

When the Flames play host to the Dallas Stars Wednesday night at the Saddledome, watch for Kiprusoff to start his 12th straight game.

A week ago, when explaining why Kiprusoff would start against the struggling Ottawa Senators, Flames head coach Brent Sutter this is the time of year — especially with the team in such a close battle for a playoff spot — you lean harder on a No. 1 goalie.

Therefore Kiprusoff would see plenty of action.

"I talked about it a little bit with Brent, and we have to be smart. It's always the coach's last call, but he needs to know how I feel," Kiprusoff said.

"I have no injuries right now (while knocking on his head). I feel alright, and I'm good to go."

Even if Kiprusoff played every game from today until the end of the regular season, which won't happen, he'd still finish with his lowest total of games played in the post-lockout era — 73.