Carey Price may have been the goalie this winter-wonderland weekend to first conjure up the memory of Jacques Plante, what with that new mask freshly painted for the occasion.

Miikka Kiprusoff, though, was the one that left you imagining what the legendary Jake The Snake might've been like to watch between the pipes.

"I felt OK,'' said Kiprusoff, emerging magically from behind a curtain to face the ritualistic post-game interrogation. "It was fun.

"Something different.''

Something different. Same old Kiprusoff.

"Nothing fazes him, as everyone knows,'' said defenceman Mark Giordano as the Calgary Flames bundled gear together to vacate the Stampeders locker-room on Sunday evening.

"You go into a unique game such as this one, with the elements being different, and he'd be the one guy you'd figure wouldn't be affected at all.

"He never lets too much get to him.

"Tonight's just another example.''

In blocking 39 shots, the silent Finn posted the first-ever shutout at an NHL outdoor game, and kept the Calgary Flames' bullet train thundering down the tracks, right on schedule.

"Kipper,'' lauded Calgary coach Brent Sutter following the 4-0 Heritage Classic dismantling of the Montreal Canadiens, "handled it well. I thought he was sharp. Outstanding. Very focused.''

Indoors he's been great during this incredible run. Now outdoors, he's magic, too. The man could probably play on Mars tomorrow and leave a team of extra-terrestrials threatening to destroy earth.