NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Calgary
(Saturday, March 28th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, Minnesota 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Eric Nystrom's late second-period goal proved to be the difference, as Calgary prevailed against the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Jamie Lundmark and Daymond Langkow also tallied for the Flames, who had been shutout in back-to-back games by Pittsburgh and Columbus and won for just the fourth time in their last 11 outings. Miikka Kiprusoff needed to make just 13 saves to notch his league-leading 43rd win of the season.
Calgary holds a three-point lead over Vancouver for first place in the Northwest Division.
Andrew Brunette and James Sheppard lit the lamp for the Wild, who have just three wins over their last 10 games and are three points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the ever-changing Western Conference. Niklas Backstrom took the loss despite a 37-save performance.
Calgary outshot the Wild 20-5 in the first period and emerged with a one-goal lead.
Brunette paid the price in front of the net and tucked in a rebound to stake Minnesota to a 1-0 lead with 8:04 left in the first period.
Lundmark tied the game 1:27 later, firing a wrister from the right circle that beat Backstrom on the glove side, and Todd Bertuzzi's feed from behind the cage found Langkow for a one-timer with 4:23 remaining.
Minnesota capitalized on a Calgary turnover to draw even. Craig Conroy was careless with the puck in the right corner and Craig Weller quickly dished to Sheppard, who found the back of the net at 11:13 of the second period.
The Flames had the potential go-ahead tally waved off twice on the same power play, with Curtis Glencross being the guilty party on both occasions. Glencross camped in the crease and was deemed to have interfered with Backstrom on the first no-goal. Then he redirected a shot with a high stick.
Calgary eventually regained the lead when Jarome Iginla and Nystrom executed a perfect 2-on-1 break with 3:21 to go in the middle stanza.
The Flames clamped down defensively in the third period, limiting Minnesota to only five shots.
Minnesota has dropped seven in a row in Calgary...The Wild have lost all five meetings with the Flames this season (0-2-3)...Calgary finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while Minnesota failed to score on its lone opportunity with the extra skater.
03/29 01:00:20 ET