NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Minnesota
(Thursday, February 19th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Adrian Aucoin scored the game-winner with 1:10 left in overtime and the Calgary Flames got by the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, at Xcel Energy Center.
Rene Bourque and Dustin Boyd tallied in regulation for the Flames, who recovered after dropping a 4-3 shootout decision to Vancouver on Tuesday. Calgary has won three of its last four overall.
Miikka Kiprusoff was steady between the pipes for the Flames, stopping 25- of-27 shots.
Kiprusoff, who now has 34 wins this season, improved to 22-6-2 with a tie in his career versus the Wild -- that includes 31 starts.
Dan Fritsche and Colton Gillies accounted for the Wild goals. Minnesota has lost three straight, including a 5-3 setback to Ottawa the last time out.
Niklas Backstrom turned aside 19-of-22 shots in taking the loss for Minnesota.
"If you saw the game you know who they are," a frustrated Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire said of certain players not giving effort. "Very simple. Your job is to come to play and you have to play. You can't have a bad night every night. We better wake up right now."
With the score tied at 2-2 after two periods, both teams skated to a scoreless and uneventful third that saw them combine for seven shots on goal and the game went to the overtime.
In the extra period, Aucoin had a breakaway bid go off the right post near the 2 1/2 minute mark, but the veteran blueliner would capitalize less than 90 seconds later.
After some good puck possession by the Flames in their own zone, Aucoin shot a soft wrister from the right point that went off of the skate of Wild defenseman Brent Burns, who was battling for position in front of the net with Mike Cammalleri. The puck then trickled past Backstrom to give Calgary the two points.
The Flames have won eight of nine versus the Wild and have been victorious in four of their last five trips to Minnesota.
"We match up well against them," Aucoin said about the team's success against the Wild. "I think we always play some of our better hockey against them. They play such a lock down mode. We just get up for them for some reason because of their discipline system. It brings out the best in our game."
Bourque got the scoring started 3:17 into the contest when the left winger picked up his own rebound and slid the puck past Backstrom from the left circle to put the Flames ahead.
Fritsche's shorthanded tally on a wrist shot from the low right circle at 3:02 of the second tied things at 1-1. Then less than four minutes later Gillies put a rebound past Kiprusoff to give the Wild a one-goal advantage.
Boyd got the Flames even with 3:50 left in the period when he jumped on a loose puck off a right circle faceoff and fired it home from the middle slot.
Calgary will visit Edmonton on Saturday, while Minnesota hosts Detroit, also Saturday...Calgary improved to 14-11-2 as the visitor this season. The Wild fell to 17-12-3 as the host...Wild left wing Andrew Brunette left at the end of the first period with a lower body injury and did not return. The club said the veteran will be reevaluated on Friday.
02/19 23:34:53 ET