CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames' power play overwhelmed the Winnipeg Jets in a showdown between teams fighting for playoff spots.
Kiprusoff made 42 saves and Calgary went 3 for 3 on the power play in a 5-3 victory Friday night. Kiprusoff improved to 30-19-8, reaching 30 victories for the seventh straight season.
``Kipper was great, you can't say enough about the guy,' Flames winger Curtis Glencross said. ``He's our MVP and he saves a lot of games for us. That game could have gone either way. It was an outstanding performance.'
Alex Tanguay had a goal and three assists, and Jarome Iginla added a goal and two assists for the Flames. Glencross, Mark Giordano and Matt Stajan also scored.
``The atmosphere in the building was great,' Tanguay said. ``The Jets fans were here and they were very loud and that helps our crowd as well as they're trying to match up and over-cheer the Jets fans.'
The Flames picked up five out of a possible six points on a three-game homestand to move into a three-way tie for ninth in the Western Conference with Colorado and Los Angeles, one point behind eighth-place San Jose.
Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler and Tobias Enstrom scored for Winnipeg. The Jets, coming off a loss Thursday night in Vancouver, are tied with Washington for eighth in the Eastern Conference. Winnipeg also is three points behind Southeast Division-leading Florida.
``We outshot them, we had over 40 shots, we got pucks to the net, but their goalie made some key saves,' Kane said. ``We gave up three goals on the power play too, gave up five goals collectively, it's tough to win hockey games that way.'
Tanguay assisted on two power-play goals as the Flames took a 2-0 lead less than 7 minutes into the game. He then scored the only goal of the second period, giving the Flames a 4-2 lead.
Tanguay's 11th goal came at 12:53. Iginla's shot from the slot didn't get through the crowd in front of the net, but Tanguay, collected the loose puck, swung out wide, outwaited goalie Ondrej Pavelec, and fired the puck into the top corner on the open side.
Tanguay capped off his best offensive night in nearly three years with a neat setup to Glencross on another power play at 11:28 of the third period.
``The puck just kept coming back to us. I wish there was a special secret I could tell you guys but it was just working,' Tanguay said. ``This time of year, especially with the amount of bodies we have out of our lineup right now, special units are going to be key and our power play was certainly the difference tonight.'
Glencross matched his career high with his 24th goal, extending his scoring streak to six games.
NOTES: Nineteen-year-old Flames prospect Sven Baertschi made his NHL debut. Calgary took him 13th overall in the 2011 draft. Baertschi was called up from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League on an emergency basis due to the Flames' injury woes. ... Iginla has 28 goals this season and 512 overall. He's tied with Gilbert Perreault for 37th on the career list. ... Pavelec made 22 saves.
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