Final

Series (Game 1 of 8)

Series tied 4-4

Game 1: Saturday, November 5th
Canucks0Final
Flames1
Game 2: Monday, November 7th
Canucks3Final
Flames4
Game 3: Friday, December 23rd
Flames6Final
SO
Canucks5
Game 4: Monday, December 26th
Flames2Final
Canucks1
Game 5: Saturday, January 7th
Flames3Final
OT
Canucks4
Game 6: Friday, February 3rd
Canucks3Final
Flames1
Game 7: Tuesday, February 28th
Canucks2Final
Flames1
Game 8: Saturday, April 8th
Flames2Final
OT
Canucks3

Canucks 0

(10-3-2, 22 pts)

Flames 1

(7-7-2, 16 pts)

10:00 PM ET, November 5, 2005

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
VAN 0 0 00
CGY 1 0 01

M. Kiprusoff (Flames - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: 1.000

M. Nilson (Flames - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Auld (Canucks - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .963

Kiprusoff makes 23 saves in shutout win over Canucks

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Marcus Nilson gave Miikka Kiprusoff all the help he needed.

Kiprusoff made 23 saves for his third shutout of the season and Nilson scored the lone goal in the Calgary Flames' 1-0 victory over Vancouver on Saturday night.

Kiprusoff has not allowed a goal in 99:01 and has given up only one in his last three games, all victories, to help the Flames improve to 7-7-2.

The teams will meet again Monday night in Calgary.

"Fortunately we've got a chance here to rebound on Monday," Vancouver captain Marcus Naslund said. "We didn't get in close enough to really test Kiprusoff."<

Alex Auld stopped 26 shots for the Canucks in his first loss of the season.

"The guy at the other end stood on his head and played amazing," Auld, who dropped to 5-1-1. "Obviously I wasn't going to win every game all year and go undefeated."

Nilson scored midway through the first period off a pass from Craig MacDonald, wristing a perfect shot over Auld's glove and under the crossbar. Nilson also scored the winner in the Flames' 2-1 victory over Columbus on Thursday night.

"The pass was just a rocket, so it gave me a lot of time to shoot it," MacDonald said. "That's the way it is. Sometimes nothing goes in and sometimes you're in the right spot."

MacDonald's assist was his first point in six games with the Flames.

"I threw a pass out front to him and he made a great play to finish it," MacDonald said. "It's exciting to get my first point as a Flame."

Right after Nilson's goal, Canucks defenseman Wade Brookbank fought with Flames forward Darren McCarty. Vancouver's Jarko Ruutu earlier squared off with Calgary's Byron Ritchie, and Nilson later tangled with Trevor Linden.

In the second period, Calgary enforcer Jason Wiemer took on Lee Goren.

Game notes


The Flames were 1-7-2 in their previous 10 games against the Canucks at the Saddledome. ... Vancouver is 10-3-2.

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