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 Energy Center.
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 Huselius.
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 lead.
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 final phase.
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 injury.
12/07 23:49:14 ET