Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/20/11 at 10:47 AM ET
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
In years past this was the type of evening Kiprusoff lived for: A goaltender’s duel against a fellow Finn with a reputation for being equally as stingy.
But for the fourth time this year, it’s a battle with Niklas Backstrom that found Kiprusoff on the losing side despite the fact the Wild netminder is no longer one of the game’s elite ‘keepers and his club isn’t much of a threat to any team outside of Calgary. In that once classic tete-a-tete Kiprusoff has allowed 15 goals, Backstrom three.
Three minutes into the evening, Kiprusoff over-committed while sliding across to try stopping a Martin Havlat shot from the hash marks, to no avail. This time the kind of shot he’d routinely stop in the past was no match for No. 34.
Three minutes later, Mikko Koivu’s shot from the top of the faceoff circle slipped past Kiprusoff who barely reacts. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest he was screened by Andrew Brunette during the powerplay.
Nonetheless, game over.
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