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The Calgary Flames might one day retire goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff's No. 34. On Tuesday, they'll honor the greatest netminder in franchise history.
Northwest Division-leading Calgary will raise Mike Vernon's No. 30 to the rafters of Pengrowth Saddledome before meeting the Chicago Blackhawks.
A five-time All-Star and Calgary native, Vernon had two stints with the Flames from 1982-94 and again from 2000-02. Though he may have been considered undersized at just 5-foot-9, Vernon finished as the franchise leader in several categories, including 262 regular-season wins in 526 games.
After helping lead the Flames to a franchise-record 54 wins in 1988-89, Vernon shined in the playoffs by going 16-5 with a 2.26 goals-against average and three shutouts as the Flames went on to defeat the Canadiens in six games for their only Stanley Cup.
Vernon won a second Stanley Cup with Detroit in 1996-97 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. He also played with San Jose and Florida to finish with 385 wins and a 2.98 GAA.
Vernon's number is the second to be retired by the Flames, joining Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald's No. 9. McDonald and Vernon were teammates on the Flames' championship team.
Calgary (29-17-6) ended a four-game skid and regained sole possession of the division lead with a 4-3 win over Vancouver on Saturday.
Byron Ritchie returned from a one-game benching to score the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as Calgary also ended a four-game losing streak to Vancouver. Ritchie also set the tone early with a spirited fight against the Canucks' Alexandre Burrows five minutes into the contest.
"I thought he did a good job bringing energy in the fight and obviously he scored a huge goal for us. That's what good players do," Flames coach Jim Playfair said.
Kristian Huselius added a goal later in the third, giving him eight goals and 10 assists during a career-high 12-game point streak. He has a goal and two assists in two games against Chicago this season.
Jarome Iginla has a goal and four assists in two games after missing 11 with a knee injury. He scored twice in the Flames' 4-1 home win over the Blackhawks on Nov. 22.
Chicago (19-26-7) has stumbled after getting off to a quick start under coach Denis Savard.
The Blackhawks won three in a row from Nov. 29-Dec. 2 after Savard took over for the fired Trent Yawney, but have won consecutive games three times since and had a 10-game losing streak from Jan 4-26 - two losses shy of tying the franchise record set at the end of the 1955-56 season.
Tuomo Ruutu had a goal and an assist Saturday, but Chicago's latest bid for a three-game winning streak ended with a 4-2 loss to San Jose. The Blackhawks, playing the third of a season-high seven-game road trip, have dropped six of their last eight away from home.
According to the team's official Web site, Patrick Lalime may make his Blackhawks debut in goal either in this game or Wednesday in Vancouver. Lalime, a five-time 20-game winner in his seven-year career, has missed the entire season after undergoing back surgery.
Chicago and Calgary have split two games this season with each team winning on its home ice.
|Mar 25 '07||CGY 3 at CHI 2|
|Feb 06 '07||CHI 3 at CGY 2 - SO|
|Jan 28 '07||CGY 3 at CHI 4 - OT|
|Nov 22 '06||CHI 1 at CGY 4|