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It was open season on Flames goalies last night

Henrik Karlsson

Calgary Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson (35) stops Vancouver Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen’s shot on net during first period NHL hockey action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Dec, 4, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)


Last night, the Vancouver Canucks were eager to prove that it was, as Lindy Ruff would say, open season on goalies as both Henrik Karlsson and Miikka Kiprusoff from Calgary were barreled into by Canucks forwards.

Karlsson was knocked out of the game early in the third period thanks to Cody Hodgson crashing his net and colliding with teammate Tom Kostopoulos. With the Flames already down 5-1 at that point and Karlsson coming up gimpy, out he came and in went Miikka Kiprusoff. The Flames desperately wanted Kipper to have a full night off yet were forced to put him in.

There, David Booth saw fit to go crashing into Kiprusoff while attempting to sweep towards the net to score. Booth’s net crashing was met with a bit more resistance. Kiprusoff wasn’t injured on his play, however, but the Flames ended the game with sore feelings after getting drubbed 5-1.