NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Minnesota |
(Thursday, December 7th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Calgary 2 (SO)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Brian Rolston and Mikko Koivu scored in the
shootout after contributing power-play goals in regulation, giving the
Minnesota Wild a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames at the Xcel
The shootout started with controversy, as Alex Tanguay skated first for
Calgary, sending a backhand shot behind Manny Fernandez that appeared to cross
the goal line. Referee Steve Kozari waved off the score, but the video goal
judge called downstairs to review the play. After a short delay, it was ruled
a save by Fernandez.
Rolston came on to beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a slap shot and Fernandez
responded by stopping Byron Ritchie's shot. Koivu then tallied on the
backhand, and Fernandez sealed the win by stacking the pads on Kristian
Fernandez made a season-high 38 saves for the Wild, who have won two in a row.
Rhett Warrener and Jarome Iginla tallied for the Flames, who had a three-game
winning streak snapped. Iginla's goal was the 300th of his career and 600th
point. Kiprusoff made 25 saves in a losing effort.
"It is an important point," said Iginla. "You get down 2-0 on the road after
the first period and you fight back. Obviously we want more than an overtime
loss but you get into a shootout and its anyone's game. There were some pretty
good moves on both sides and that's the way it goes."
The Wild came into the game 0-for-14 on the power play in their last six
contests, but tallied twice in the opening period on six opportunities.
The first came with 5:17 remaining and Calgary's Andrew Ference off for
unsportsmanlike conduct. Minnesota dumped the puck in and Rolston collected
the disc in the corner. The left winger followed with a perfect cross-ice feed
to Koivu, who beat Kiprusoff with a slap shot to make it 1-0.
"I think it's tough on both of us," said Koivu, of his friendship with
Kiprusoff. "We practiced the whole summer together of course. During the
summer you do the stuff for fun. It's tough for me (to play against him), I
know that. I guess it's tough for him too...to know what to do and what to
expect. He knows what he's doing but I got a good shot, so that why (I was
able to score)."
Less than two minutes later and with Minnesota at a 5-on-3 advantage,
Rolston's slapshot trickled through Kiprusoff's legs to give the Wild a 2-0
Calgary answered with two goals of their own in the second stanza.
Warrener scored short-handed just 4:05 in and Iginla beat Fernandez at 6:11
on the power play, reaching both milestones and knotting the game at 2-2.
Iginla got past Martin Skoula on the power play and slid the puck through the
five-hole, drawing a holding penalty on Skoula in the process.
Neither team lit the lamp in the third, and Fernandez made a game-saving stop
on Chuck Kobasew with 40 seconds remaining in the overtime session. Kobasew
collected the puck and wrapped his stick around the left post, staring at an
empty net. At the last second, Keith Carney slid his blade between the post
and the puck, deflecting it underneath the netminder to send the game into the
The Wild have participated in a league-high nine shootouts, winning
seven...Calgary was 1-for-8 on the power play, while Minnesota went 2-
for-9...Iginla has six points in his last four games (4g, 2a)...Minnesota
center Pavol Demitra missed his eighth straight game with a concussion...Derek
Boogaard returned for Minnesota after missing eight games with an ankle
12/07 23:49:14 ET