SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames can't stop the shot from going in the net off the stick of Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) at HP Pavilion at San Jose on February 8, 2012 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Miikka Kiprusoff earned his 300th career victory Wednesday in a 4-3 win over the Sharks.
Miikka Kiprusoff has been a workhorse for the Calgary Flames since arriving in 2003. He has played 70-plus games in six of his seven years in Calgary, including six straight. Thursday, Kiprusoff proved to his former team, the San Jose Sharks, that he is worth much more than the second-round pick they traded him to Calgary by making 34 saves in a 4-3 win, his 300th career victory.
Kiprusoff is the 27th member of the 300-win club, making him the fifth-active player with 300 or more wins (Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Nikolai Khabibulin and Evgeni Nabokov). Kiprusoff and the Flames relinquished a 2-0 lead, but scored two of the final three goals as Kiprusoff kept the Sharks at bay.
Coincidentally, Kiprusoff's first career win was inside HP Pavilion in 2001 with the Sharks, so his career thus far has seemingly come full circle. Kiprusoff is pleased with his accomplishment, but knows that there is more work to be done.
"It's a nice number," Kiprusoff said to reporters after the game. "Right now it's not that big a deal. It's nice, but we have a job to do here. We're fighting for the playoffs, and we need those wins. But, yeah, it's a good number."