NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Calgary
(Wednesday, March 31st)
Final Score: Calgary 1, Phoenix 0
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Jarome Iginla scored the game's only goal, as Calgary clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 1996 with a 1-0 win over Phoenix on fan appreciation night at the Saddledome.
Kiprusoff backstopped Calgary to the post-season with eight saves in the first period, five in the second and 14 in the third period. He now has seven career shutouts.
The Flames, who needed just a point for a post-season berth, have won six straight versus the Coyotes and swept the season series, 4-0. Calgary hadn't swept the season series with Phoenix since the 1993-94 campaign, when the Coyotes were the Winnipeg Jets.
"Right now it is pretty fun," Iginla said after the game. "It's been a lot of hard work."
Calgary has 92 points and is sixth in the Western Conference playoff race.
Brent Johnson made 31 saves in defeat, as Phoenix lost its fifth straight. The Coyotes have been shut out three times in their last five outings and have scored a paltry three goals.
Phoenix, which was blanked for the sixth time this season, is a dismal 1-13-4-3 in its last 21 games.
Calgary, which has won three of its last four overall, went on the power play late in the first and beat Johnson at the 15:53 mark.
"I think people are starting to get the same feeling as back in the 1980s and 1990s," Flames forward Chris Clark said. "I've been here five years now and at the end of the year we have had nothing to show for it. It is a lot different now than it has been in previous years."
During a scramble in front, Robyn Regehr skated through the left circle and shoveled a shot on net. The puck bounced around inside the crease until Iginla whacked it home for his 40th goal and a 1-0 lead.
Iginla had a chance to extend the lead in the second period, but Johnson stood tall and turned his shot aside. Kiprusoff then made an amazing glove stop on a close shot in front late in the third period.
"I love nothing more than the fans enjoying this with us at home," Calgary defenseman Denis Gauthier said.
Iginla also reached the 40-goal mark back in the 2001-02 season, when he notched a career-high 52 goals...Phoenix has lost three in a row at Calgary...The Flames are 8-3-2 in their last 13 games...The Coyotes are 1-10-1-1 in their last 13 road games...Calgary was 1-for-5 on the power play and killed off each of Phoenix's four chances with the extra skater.
04/01 00:41:01 ET