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NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Calgary



(Saturday, March 17th)

Final Score: Minnesota 4, Calgary 2

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra each posted a goal and an assist, as Minnesota defeated Calgary, 4-2, at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Stephane Veilleux and Brian Rolston also scored while Niklas Backstrom turned aside 19 shots for the Wild, who have won six straight.

Despite the victory, Minnesota still trails Vancouver by one point in the Northwest Division.

Daymond Langkow and Alex Tanguay lit the lamp for the Flames, who have dropped three straight.

Miikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals on 26 shots in the loss as Calgary sits in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

With the score knotted at 2-2 at the end of two periods, Minnesota scored twice in the final frame en route to victory.

Rolston's goal 4:47 into the frame gave the Wild a one-goal edge. From the right circle, Rolston cranked a heavy slap shot through the pads of a screened Kiprusoff.

Then, with 5:01 left in the contest, Demitra made it 4-2 after tallying his 23rd goal of the campaign as Minnesota held on for the victory.

Langkow scored 32 seconds into the game to give the Flames an early 1-0 lead.

With 1:57 remaining in the first and the Wild on the power play, Gaborik evened the score at 1-1 after netting his 25th goal of the season. Demitra fed the disc in the slot to Gaborik, who quickly snapped a wrister into the top right corner of the net.

Tanguay tallied 4:32 into the second stanza to give Calgary a 2-1 edge. Matthew Lombardi dug the puck out of the right corner and centered the disc to Tanguay, who one-timed the feed past Backstrom.

Veilleux's seventh goal of the campaign evened the score at 2-2 at the 8:40 mark of the second.

Game Notes

Minnesota went 1-for-5 on the power play while Calgary did not score in three chances with the man advantage...The Wild had 26 shots on goal while the Flames had 21.

03/18 00:46:12 ET


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