Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/13/11 at 02:23 AM ET
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Say what you want about unfortunate deflections, screens and a lack of strong defence in front of him, Kiprusoff isn’t stealing points for his team the way he has in the past. He’s costing them some.
Flames head coach Brent Sutter is holding his star goaltender accountable, and there’s a good chance backup Henrik Karlsson gets the start Friday against the Ottawa Senators. If he plays well and wins, maybe Karlsson goes again the next night in Toronto against the Maple Leafs.
“Kipper is obviously a very good goaltender but right now he’s fighting it,” Sutter said after the 6-5 shootout loss to the Hurricanes Tuesday night in Carolina.
He left his five-hole wide open on a backhander from Eric Staal that gave the Canes a two-goal cushion early in the second period and was yanked in favour of Karlsson after allowing a fourth puck to get past him on eight shots.
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