CALGARY, Alberta, April 1 (UPI) -- Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves Wednesday and Calgary gave its playoff chances a large lift by holding off Phoenix 2-1.
Calgary moved within two points of struggling Colorado for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and those teams will meet on Friday.
Kiprusoff's bid for a shutout was halted when Lee Stempniak scored on a wrist shot with 6:52 to play. Kiprusoff, however, hung on to record his 34th victory of the season.
Phoenix lost for the fourth time in five games and missed out on a chance to gain ground on division and conference-leading San Jose. Phoenix, which has set a franchise record with 100 points, trails the Sharks by four in the Pacific Division.
Jason LaBarbera stopped 29-of-31 shots to take the loss.
The teams split their four games, the home team winning on each occasion.