NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Calgary
(Wednesday, March 3rd)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Calgary 0
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Niklas Backstrom stopped 29 shots to pick up his second shutout of the season, as the Minnesota Wild handled the Calgary Flames, 4-0, in a battle between two Northwest Division foes.
Mikko Koivu and Andrew Brunette each had a goal and an assist for the Wild, who dominated Vancouver, 6-2, prior to the Olympic break. Martin Havlat and Kyle Brodziak also lit the lamp for the victors.
Minnesota was active before Wednesday's trade deadline, acquiring a 2010 second-round draft pick from the Washington Capitals in exchange for center Eric Belanger.
"When you come in and you're chasing a team ahead of you, you're more focused and more prepared," Wild coach Todd Richards said. "We were opportunistic tonight and when we got our opportunities we were able to finish. Tonight from top to bottom we had four lines going."
Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside 17-of-21 shots for the Flames, who beat the Ducks, 3-1, before the Olympic break.
Calgary made numerous moves during the trade deadline. The Flames acquired defenseman Andy Delmore from the Detroit in exchange for forward Riley Armstrong, and received a 2010 fourth-round pick from Nashville in exchange for forward Dustin Boyd.
Brodziak got the Wild offense going with 1:04 left in the first period. Owen Nolan led a 2-on-1 rush down the right side of the ice and slid a pass over to Brodziak, whose shot beat Kiprusoff.
Backstrom made nine saves in the first frame.
Brunette's wrister at the 10:12 mark of the second period gave Minnesota a 2-0 edge and Koivu's slapper with 5:55 remaining made it a three-goal game.
Backstrom had his best performance in the middle stanza, stopping 13 shots.
Havlat jammed home a rebound at the 12:20 mark of the third to extend the Wild's margin to 4-0. Backstrom sealed the victory by making seven saves in the final period.
"I am not pleased with the way we played tonight," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "It's unacceptable; every game is such a big game for us. It was like a river hockey game out there. I don't know what to say, I am surprised by what took place here tonight. We need to have guys pay a bigger price."
Minnesota leads the season series with Calgary, 3-0...Also on Wednesday, the Flames acquired goaltender Vesa Toskala from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Curtis McElhinney...Minnesota's 2-1 overtime victory over the Flames on December 11 snapped a string of seven straight losses in Calgary, where the team has gone 3-15 with one tie in its last 19 visits.
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