Is Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames cursed?

After signing a huge contract that'll keep Kiprusoff with the Flames for the next few years, it appears that his play has not warranted the big money he's due to be paid. One third of the NHL season has passed, and the Calgary Flames are faltering in the worst possible way. They are mired in their second extended losing streak of the season, and all indications of better times ahead are not looking promising. So what's wrong with the Calgary Flames? What's wrong with the man they call Kipper? I think you have to look at last year to see something "unnatural" brewing. In shootouts, Kipper has been horrible. The bad luck with shooters one-on-one seems to have translated into the game time situations as well. Every time a shooter comes up point blank, the goals have somehow been sneaking through (five-hole, underneath the arms, you-name-it). It's not like he's out of position, because he's been in position to stop everything. Also, you can't really blame him completely for not making the big time stops we've been accustomed to seeing. The Flames defensemen aren't really helping him much either. However, it seems strange and wickedly unnatural that every time the Flames make a mistake, they are punished on the scoreboard. In all the games the Flames have won this season, they made less than two mistakes the entire game. If they make more than three mistakes, they lose. There are a few teams like Detroit that seem to make mistakes but they never get punished for it. Most teams would agree that you will make mistakes during the course of a game, but having to play mistake-free hockey in order to win a game, is a lot to ask. Right now, it seems like that is the only way for the Calgary Flames to buy a win. The hockey gods are not doing them any favors. Halloween has ended for everybody except the Flames. It is time to exorcise those Halloween demons and bring some balance back to the force.

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