You won't find Miikka Kiprusoff on the NHL's top-10 list for goals-against average. Nor is the Calgary Flames netminder in such select company for save percentage or shutouts. He is among the leaders in wins but part of a big logjam of those with seven. It doesn't matter to the Flames. Not the way Kiprusoff has been a difference maker this season. "In our minds, he's the best goalie in the league — that's how we feel about him," said Flames centre Olli Jokinen after the clbu's Saturday night 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. Certainly those teams who have benefited and enjoyed the performances of Nikolai Khabibulin, Kari Lehtonen, Jimmy Howard, Josh Harding, Marc-Andre Fleury and Tim Thomas — just to name a few goalies off to hot starts this season — may want to argue and certainly have worthy cases, but Kiprusoff's efforts can't be overlooked. Unlike most every other goalie in the league, Kiprusoff is again shining bright despite his team's offensive woes. Only three teams have scored fewer goals on average than the Flames, who have a 7-8-1 record going into Tuesday's home-ice clash with the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m., Saddledome). For his part, Kiprusoff has been named a star in four of the team's victories. Inexplicably, he wasn't in the latest against the Avalanche despite his brilliant 36-save outing during which he withstood a constant barrage of action in the second half of the game and was relied upon heavily until the final buzzer.
Kipper still holds net value
Calgary Sun | Nov 14