Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames held Russian sniper Alexander Ovechkin to one assist on the way to defeating the visiting Washington Capitals 2-1 tonight. The win is their 2nd of the season. Jarome Iginla scored his 2nd goal of the season, and Matthew Lombardi netted his first goal to win the game for the Flames.
The win is a big one for Kiprosoff and the Flames who have been struggling since the start of the season. Kipprusoff allowed only one goal, and the Flames showed up on defence tonight to help him keep the puck out of the net.
The Flames played solid defense against an offensively talented Capitals Lineup that includes Ovechkin and fellow Russian Alexander Semin, who is 2nd in the NHL in scoring (6) and points (10) so far. Semin has had an explosive start to the season and has made up for Ovechkin’s lack of scoring thus far. Ovechkin has only 2 goals and 3 assists on the season.
The best way to sum up the game tonight was penalty-ridden, with many missed opportunities. The Flames successfully killed off a 9-min Washington powerplay after Rene Bourque retaliated to a big hit on Daymond Lankgow. This was followed by 8-straight Washington penalties throughout the first and 2nd period. Jarome Iginla connected with the back of the net on one of these powerplays early in the second, but the Flames spent more powerplay time trying to get away from the pesky Capitals than they did controlling the play as they have been.
Matthew Lombardi’s goal at 2:42 of the 2nd period gave the Flames a chance to hold onto the lead through 2 periods. They didn’t dissappoint their fans tonight and pulled off a victory for the home crowd.
The Flames now head out on the road for games in Nashville on Thursday and Phoenix on Saturday before returning to the Saddledome to face the Colorado Avalanche one week from tonight.